Polish 4th seed Aga Radwanska opened proceedings on the Hisense Arena when she took on the young British player Heather Watson, who is ranked at 40. Games went with serve in the first set until Radwanska broke to lead 3-2. Watson won just one more game for 3-5, but the Pole went on to take the set at 6-3. Radwanska strolled to a 5-0 lead before Watson got on the scoreboard, but took the set 6-1 to continue her unbroken record in 2013 of 11 match wins without dropping a set. She will play Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round.
In a battle of the Serbs on Hisense Arena, 13th seed Ana Ivanovic did battle with Jelena Jankovic, the 22nd seed. Both former world number ones, Ivanovic lead the head to head count 7-3. Playing some really beautiful tennis, Ivanovic went into a 5-2 lead before jankovic fought back to 5-5, but Ivanovic took the set 7-5 with some great serves and heavily hit forehands. In the second set both players continued their fine play, but Ivanovic got the first break to lead 3-1. Serving for the set at 5-3, Jankovic had a break point but was unable to convert it and Jankovic served out at 6-3.
In the second match on Rod Laver Arena, Chinese 6th seed Na Li, took to the court to play the Romanian 27th seed Sorana Cirstea. Well known as having an evil twin on her shoulder when serving out for sets and matches, on Friday it was nowhere to be seen, as she took the first set 6-4 without faltering. The second set was much easier, which Li raced through for 6-1 to ensure her place in the fourth round where she will meet the German 18th seed, Julia Goerges.
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