With temperatures soaring past 105 degrees again, top women’s seed Serena Williams and No. 2 seeded Novak Djokovic, cruised into the third round of the Australian Open (via Associated Press).
Just the thought of playing in the sweltering heat at the Australian Open is keeping Serena Williams up at night.
So to combat the soaring temperatures, the 17-time Grand Slam champion is doing her best to stay indoors, rolling through her matches as quick as possible.
On Wednesday, the American beat No. 104-ranked Vesna Dolonc 6-1, 6-2 and equaled an Open era record held by tennis great Margaret Court with her 60th match win at the Australian Open
“I kept waking up in the middle of the night last night, just paranoid,” Williams, who regularly trains in the Florida heat, said after dropping only three games for the second straight match.
“I just wanted to stay hydrated,” Williams said. “The last thing I want to do is to cramp in this weather. It can happen so easy.”
Djokovic didn’t want to spend anymore time on the court than he needed to in his second round match (via the Associated Press).
Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic has struggled in the Australian heat before, but has conditioned himself to deal with it. Even so, he was happy to get off the court in less than two hours with a 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 win over Leonardo Mayer — his 26th in a row since September.
As bad as the heat has been the past two days in Melbourne, it’s slated to get worse for Day 4 of the tournament. Temps could reach 111 degrees on Thursday as Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal take the stage on Center Court.