Date-Krumm, 42, wins again at Australian Open
“I did not expect that,” she said after the match. “I was like, `OK, I’m going to hit a big one, 200 (km/h). It went 207. I was like, `Wow.’”
“I think it’s my fastest that went in,” she added.
Williams is tied for the most aces at the tournament so far with Hungary’s Timea Babos at 15, though Babos, a first-round loser, only played one match.
FEELING HOT, HOT, HOT: Ice towels, ice vests and ambulances were on hand for players on a scorching Day 4 at the Australian Open.
Temperatures nearly reached 106 degrees in the afternoon.
An on-site meteorologist was monitoring the weather minute-by-minute to decide whether to delay matches or close the retractable roofs on the two main show courts as part of the so-called Extreme Heat Policy, tournament organizers said.
The roof remained open for Victoria Azarenka’s second-round match on Rod Laver Arena early in the day, which she won in 55 minutes.
“Even at 11 a.m. you could really feel it,” she said. “I wasn’t sure if we were playing with closed roof or open roof. Right before the match I saw it was closed. I thought, `Wow, good. It wouldn’t be so hot. It wasn’t a problem.’”
Not so. The roof was open _ it is an outdoor tournament, after all.
As part of the tournament’s tradition, high heat entitles the women to an extra 10-minute break between the second and third sets.
Fans, meanwhile, were advised to “slip, slop, slap.” That’s Australian code for: “Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen and Slap on a hat.”
Associated Press writer Jocelyn Gecker contributed to this report.