Serena Williams has a scream reaching quarterfinals

Jo Caldwell
September 3, 2018

She hardly gave the ball a glance because she knew Kanepi had no chance at reaching it.

Williams, seeded 17th, has been in fine form at Flushing Meadows, dropping her first set of the tournament before recovering to win 6-0 4-6 6-3 against Estonia's Kaia Kanepi on Sunday.

"My desire still remained at that incredibly high level to compete and to want to win", Williams said.

Williams played Sunday one day after daughter Olympia's first birthday.

Tennis Smash reported that Williams was unstoppable on Sunday as she swept through the opening set against Kanepi in a record-breaking 18 minutes. "It was one or two points that made a huge difference in that second set".

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This match was filled with big hitting by both women, along with all manner of shifts in momentum and quality of play. The 24-year-old had six WTA Tour titles to her name but little Grand Slam success; she began the tournament as the only top 20 player in the draw who hadn't yet made it to the fourth round of a major tournament. I haven't been single for a long time.

Every interview she had conducted through the first week of the U.S. Open fortnight, from court-side chats, to post-match news conferences, now come with the obligatory mother/daughter story-line.

However, the unseeded Estonian - herself a notably aggressive player - rallied superbly to force a decider and Williams had to work hard to regain control before she eventually triumphed 6-0 4-6 6-3 and set up a last-eight meeting with Karolina Pliskova.

She held onto her advantage until 4-2 and then broke Williams again with a brilliant game. "I'm going to continue to grind and see what happens". "That's the most important thing to me".

As one favourite after another has staggered out of this US Open, Serena Williams has looked resolute and indomitable in pursuit of a seventh title - until she encountered someone who hits the ball as hard as she does, Kaia Kanepi, who nearly derailed her campaign on Sunday.

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Meanwhile, Williams says she hopes to have more children in the future - but maybe not until after she finishes playing.

Defending champion Sloane Stephens eased into the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Elise Mertens.

Recalling her 2017 quarterfinal victory over Sevastova, which was decided by a third-set tiebreaker, Stephens said- "I had to dig really deep".

"On clay, I think it's one of the biggest challenges in sports to beat this guy or to compete with this guy", Thiem said. Nadal leads the series 7-3.

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