Posted: Thursday January 16, 2014 8:50 PM

Williams sets Australian mark with 3rd-round win

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Five-time champion Serena Williams has won more matches at the Australian Open than any other woman, notching career win No. 61 on Friday as she advanced to the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Daniela Hantuchova on another scorching day at Melbourne Park.

Williams converted her fourth match point on No. 31-seeded Hantuchova's serve. It was Williams' 24th consecutive win on the tour back to August, and improved her career record to 61-8 at the Australian Open.

She equaled Margaret Court's Australian Open mark of 60 wins with her second-round victory, and now has matched Lindsay Davenport's record of 69 main-draw matches here in the Open era.

The temperature hit 39 Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) during early play Friday and was expected to rise to 44 C (111 F).

 
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