Australian Open: Federer, Serena race through to quarters

Melbourne, Jan 21 (IANS) Roger Federer and Serena Williams are through to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, winning their matches comfortably here Monday.

An easy 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-2 win helped Swiss mogul Federer beat Canada's 13th seed Milos Raonic.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion conceded only five points on his first serve and hit 34 winners to make the last eight for the 35th straight Grand Slam.

Federer wrapped up the first set when Raonic netted a volley, the second with a forehand down to the line to win the tiebreak 7-4.

Chasing his fifth title at the Melbourne Park, the Swiss will meet seventh-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a finalist here in 2008.

The 22-year-old Raonic, seeded 13th, missed another chance to be the first Canadian to make a Grand Slam quarter-finals in the Open Era.

Williams took only 57 minutes to beat Russia's No.14 seed Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-0. It's the eighth time for the 15-time Grand Slam champion to be in the last eight at Australian Open.

Williams twisted her ankle in her first round clash against Romania's Edina Gallovits-Hall, but still breezed through the first three rounds at Melbourne Park, dropping just six games.

The victory was Williams' 40th from her past 41 matches and she will meet 19-year-old fellow American Sloane Stephens in Wednesday's quarter-finals.

Stephens qualified for her maiden Grand Slam quarter-finals with a 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 win over Serbian Bojana Jovanovski earlier in the day.

Another women's quarter-finals will be played between defending champion Victoria Azarenka and two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Azarenka, the World No.1, triumphed over unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-1.

Kuznetsova outlasted former World No.1 Danish Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. The unseeded Russian, the lowest ranked player left in the tournament, showed she was free of the leg injury that ruined her 2012 season.

In other men's fourth round matches, third-seeded Andy Murray scored a 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over Frenchman Gilles Simon and will play in the quarter-final unseeded Jeremy Chardy, who beat Italian Andreas Seppi 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

Chardy was joined by fellow-Frenchman, seventh-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat another compatriot Richard Gasquet 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

As two of the most glamorous sides in the Indian T20 league, the focus of the match between Mumbai and Bangalore will invariably be on the middle-order… More »

BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srinivasan, says Manohar

BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srinivasan, says Manohar

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Pietersen ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Pietersen ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Beleaguered Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Beleaguered Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »

Stressed Trott stands down again

Stressed Trott stands down again

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate eff… More »

PCB starts another coach hunt

PCB starts another coach hunt

The PCB has decided to not extend the contracts of head coach Moin Khan, fielding coach Shoaib Mohammad and batting consultant Zaheer Abbas, and has invited… More »

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistani cricket authorities have launched an investigation after a number of current international stars played in exhibition matches in the United States… More »

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

England all-rounder Ben Stokes admits he must keep his anger under control if he is to end his international exile. More »

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Yuvraj Singh was back to his best in his first match for Royal Challengers Bangalore. More »

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

The BCCI will hold an emergent working committee meeting on April 20 to discuss the future course of action with regard to the Supreme Court hearing concerning… More »

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

"Integrity is non-negotiable..." says the BCCI's interim chief ahead of Season 7 of the tainted league. More »

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Chennai have an emphatic 8-3 lead in the head-to-head with Punjab, with one game tied More »

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

An all-round display saw Knight Riders thump Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the IPL-7 opener. More »

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

The 38-year-old South African veteran turned it on for Kolkata Knight RIders in the opening match of IPL-7. More »

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

A quality that defines Rajasthan and Hyderabad is consistency. Rajasthan was one among two teams to enjoy complete dominance at home last season. Hyderabad… More »

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

New-look RCB will play their first game of IPL-7 on Thursday. More »

IPL: News Line

IPL: News Line

A round-up of all the news from this season of the IPL. More »

Shane Watson issues moral warning

Shane Watson issues moral warning

'Everyone knows what is right and what is wrong and if you do the wrong thing it will be found out' More »

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Welcome to another season of a league that many watch but few trust. More »

Johnson may quit T20s for Tests

Johnson may quit T20s for Tests

Australia's Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England, the fast bowler… More »

Nepal players call off boycott

Nepal players call off boycott

Thaw in relations after formation of an advisory committee that would work in tandem with the Cricket Association of Nepal. More »