But that's where the similarity ends: Strycova's fourth-round appearance a year ago at Melbourne Park was her best result here; Williams is a six-time champion. "He has a big chance to become the future world number one if he's able to keep improving the way that he's doing".
Williams is also a keen skater, although on ice, and has previously been filmed showing off her moves with Caroline Wozniacki in NY.
The 35-year-old Williams who had a breeze against the 23-year-old, will now meet No. 16 seed Barbora Strycova.
She served out the match to clinch a spot in the next round.
Until this year she had never gone beyond the second round since her debut in 1998, setting the new record of a 19-year gap between wins at a single Grand Slam tournament.
"I'm couple years older". This was a test that Williams required as she knew that she had to play at a high-level right from the start, considering the poor start to the year, she had in Auckland.
Pavyuchenkova upset eighth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-3, 6-3.
Untested through much of the first week, Venus hadn't dropped a set en route to the second week, but shook off the disappointment of losing serve in a long seventh game to immediately break back and seal the opening set in 43 minutes.
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The Briton, 25, kept the Dane on the move, pushing her around the baseline as she looked for an opening, which came in the seventh game when she worked Wozniacki wide and came to the net to smash a volley victor. That meant the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 seeds on the women's side were all gone by the fourth round. But she hasn't lost a set en route to the quarterfinals this year. I played well. She is a former top ten player. The Czech was impressive against the unseeded German, ousting Petkovic, 6-0, 7-5.
This is despite the seven-time Grand Slam victor being one of the game's most prominent players over the past two decades.
"Just like every player here, I have put in a ton of work", Williams said earlier in the week.
Venus Williams reached the quarter-finals thanks to her win over Mona Barthel 6/3 7/5.
"She makes the court feel very very small".
It wouldn't be a shock if Gavrilova struggled under the pressure in this if she gets close to the finish line - it is a trait she has exhibited many times throughout her young career. Albeit in the doubles court, Strycova was victorious, the last time they played in the first round of the Rio Olympics with Strycova and Safarova handing Serena and sister Venus their first defeat at the Olympics as a pairing. How sharp does he feel now not dropping a set through to the quarters?