After his 7-6 (8), 6-3, 6-4 win, the four-time Australian champion had a lengthy on-court interview with Jim Courier discussing a range of topics including his childhood memories of tennis, when “I was constructing little trophies out of plastic and pretending I was a
The flashback jogged his memory. It was Jan. 24, his mother Dijana's birthday.
"It's my mom's birthday, can you sing happy birthday?" he asked the crowd, before singing the whole song live on camera.
When 18-time Grand Slam champion
When top-ranked Serena walked onto Rod Laver Arena, Venus was already down a set and a break on Margaret Court Arena. Venus, who was diagnosed with an auto-immune condition called Sjogren's syndrome in 2011 and has struggled at the highest level ever since, rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1 win over Camila Giorgi, and that inspired her younger sister.
"I thought, `Wow, she's been through so much with her illness, with everything that she's had to do. Gosh, if she can do it, I'm perfectly healthy, I'm fine. I should be able to do it, too," the five-time Australian Open champion said. "It just got me so motivated, really helped me push through those next two sets at a rapid rate."
She'll have to be at the top of her game in the next round she meets No. 24 Garbine Muguruza, who beat her in the second round at the
In the other fourth-round match in that quarter, two-time champion
Azarenka, the winner here in 2012 and 2013 but who is unseeded this year because of an injury-interrupted 2014, had a 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 25 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Cibulkova beat No. 19
On the men's side, defending champion Stan Wawrinka had a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win over
Wawrinka lost to Garcia-
Gilles Muller beat No. 19
Venus Williams couldn't contain her delight after her win, beaming a smile as she turned to wave to all sides of the stadium. She said the sibling relationship, and rivalry, helped both of the Williams sisters.
"I've been motivated by Serena though since day one. The way she faces her life, the way she is fearless on the court," Venus Williams said. "We've had the fortunate relationship to be able to motivate each other and grow from each other."
The 34-year-old, seven-time major winner next faces sixth-seeded