Serena Williams of the U.S. plays a shot to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams saw that older sister Venus was progressing to the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2011 and it inspired her own comeback win on Saturday at the Australian Open.
Top-ranked Serena Willliams made a lackluster start to her third-round match against No. 26-ranked Elina Svitolina on Rod Laver Arena — knowing when she walked out that Venus was down a set and a break on a nearby court — but picked up her game after realizing her sister had recovered and was advancing with a 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1 win over Camila Giorgi.
“I saw (Venus’) score and thought ‘Wow she’s winning, well I…
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