Seles Subdues Appelmans

Monica Seles, yet to lose at the Australian Open, took three sets to dispose of a gritty Sabine Appelmans in the third round on Saturday.

Seles punched 21 forehand winners to overcome her Belgian opponent for the fifth time in five meetings and will now play Sandrine Testud in the last 16.

Match time: one hour, 45 minutes

Appelmans made 45 unforced errors to Seles’s 34

Appelmans won 41% of second serve points compared to 50% by Seles

Seles hit 19 winners in the deciding third set

Appelmans hit 16 unforced errors in the third set

Seles is now on a 31-match winning streak at the Australian Open, having won the title on all four of her previous attempts

Appelmans is currently ranked 46, Seles is 4