Ekaterina Makarova

Serena Williams, Barbora Strycova renew Grand Slam rivalry

Serena Williams and Barbora Strycova meet for the third time on Monday, and once again it's on one of the grandest stages in tennis.

Williams, seeking her Open era-record 23rd major title, has beaten the Czech player both previous times. Both were in 2012 and in straight sets at majors — in the second round at the Australian Open, and in the first round at Wimbledon.

They come into Monday's opening match on Rod Laver Arena without having dropped a set in their three previous matches. But that's where the similarity ends: Strycova's fourth-round appearance last year at Melbourne Park was her best result here; Williams is a six-time champion.

Still, Strycova...