Saturday, 15 December, 2018

US Open fans in disbelief at Serena Williams' latest feat

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Six-time champion Serena Williams survived a spirited challenge from unseeded Kaia Kanepi to triumph 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday and reach the quarterfinals of the US Open.

Serena Williams has left US Open viewers scrambling for superlatives after pulling off an incredible feat in her round of 16 victory on Monday. It's the fastest set thus far in this year's U.S. Open. Serena Williams said she was focused on the match and did not notice the pair in the stands.

Kanepi responded brilliantly in the second set by breaking Williams twice before she held serve in the 10th game to level the match.

The Estonian missed two break points in the first game of the third set, allowing Williams to fight back and hold serve with a backhand victor, which brought out a loud yell of "come on" from her. She dropped her first set of the tournament Sunday, two days after routing sister Venus 6-1, 6-2 in the third round. A seventh win here would break her tie with Chris Evert for the Open Era record, and her 24th slam title would pull her even with Margaret Court's all-time record.

Nadal faced Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili, the 2018 German Open contender and one of his opponents at Roland Garros in 2017, when the former had a relatively smooth path to victory - a 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 win. She withdrew prior to a fourth-round meeting with Maria Sharapova at the French Open with a shoulder injury before a scintillating run to the Wimbledon final ended with a runner-up finish to Angelique Kerber.

This match was filled with big hitting by both women, along with all manner of shifts in momentum and quality of play. "I definitely think it was more tactical and, I don't know, physical, I guess". "She has had a great career", she added.


"Winning a big game and a very important game and a really tight game, I think it was just a relief". "That's what I would like to do if she's there this time, too".

He next will face the victor of Sunday night's match between third-seeded Juan Martin del Potro - the 2009 Open champ - and 20th-seeded Borna Coric. "I don't really feel pressure, because I'm on this journey of getting back to where I was", she said.

Williams is not longer just a tennis player, but a tennis playing mother.

Defending champion Sloane Stephens, the third seed, eased past Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-3 to book a quarter-final rematch with Latvian Anastasija Sevastova.

She continued: 'For the first time, I finally understand the concept of self-love and self-care.

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