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A day after winning her third-round match against Ayumi Morita of Japan _ her first-injury free round at this year’s Australian Open _ the No. 3-ranked Williams was back on the court Sunday to play alongside sister Venus.
The Williams sisters take doubles seriously, and that can mean skipping the rest day between singles matches. Venus has joked they have so many trophies they use some as fruit bowls.
The sisters have captured 13 major doubles titles, including four at the Australian Open. They’ve also won three Olympic gold medals for doubles.
“They mean a lot to me,” Serena said earlier this week. “I mean, people that are winning a lot of singles titles, nowadays, in the past decade or two decades, usually don’t win as many in doubles. So I’m almost even with my singles and doubles.”
Because they tend to play doubles only in the slams, the sisters don’t have high rankings in the event. This means they usually have a low seeding _ much to the chagrin of the top-ranked doubles teams in the world.
The Williams sisters were seeded 12th at the Australian Open, which led to an early third-round encounter with the unlucky fifth-seeded team of Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik on Sunday. The sisters won 6-2, 6-3.
“She serves first. She’s been the leader since we played back in the `80s when we were juniors,” Serena said, nodding to Venus, after their win Sunday. “I’m not comfortable being the leader; I don’t want to be the leader.”
Ferrer, ranked fifth at the end of the last two years, is one of the best active players never to have won a major title. The Spaniard has been close. He’s reached semifinals three times, including twice last year, but has never been in a final.
The Big Four _ Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Nadal and now Andy Murray _ have combined to win 33 of the last 34 major tournaments. Only Juan Martin del Potro has broken the stranglehold to win one at the 2009 U.S. Open.
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