Serena Williams battles into US Open quarterfinals

Serena Williams battles into US Open quarterfinals

Serena Williams battles into US Open quarterfinals

Matched up on Sunday with the 44th-ranked Kanepi, who had a historic upset of top-ranked Simona Halep in the first round of the women's tournament, Williams didn't have it easy after a clean first set in which she cruised 6-0.

"It just comes out, and it's just emotions", said Williams, a six-time U.S. Open champion who finished with more than twice as many winners as Kanepi, 47-22.

Williams broke early in the third set as she completed her win in 97 minutes. It would be her first major since she won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant with daughter Olympia.

Williams rolled through the opening set in just 18 minutes, as she hit 14 winners to just two unforced errors in six games and lost six points overall.

Sevastova, in the quarters for a third straight year, is hoping to turn the tables on Stephens, who is trying to become the first woman to win back-to-back US Open titles since Williams won three straight in 2012, 2013 and 2014. She gained confidence and missed a couple of break points to open the second set, as she managed to change pace and rhythm properly using her classical sliced backhand. After calling a clinical third-round victory over elder sister Venus the best tennis she's played since her return, Williams said she's feeling no pressure to perform. "Winning a big game and a very important game and a really tight game, I think it was just a relief".

"Never, never, never. I'm the type of person, if the ball goes over my head, I'm like, 'whatever, ' in practice", she said.

Serena Williams says her motivation to win major trophies remains as high as ever in motherhood after reaching the US Open quarter-finals.

But the tennis player is now set to clash with eighth seed Karolina Pliskova, the last player to beat her at Flushing Meadows in the semi-finals two years ago.

After that scream-inspiring hold to begin the final set, Williams broke right away to lead 2-0.

In other comments, Serena said that after God, she owes everything to her sister. "That's super special. I played here at 15 or 16, and I'm still going".

Defending champion Sloane Stephens returned to the U.S. Open quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over No. 15 seed Elise Mertens of Belgium. "I just feel like I'm handling those situations much better".

"I think every athlete, every human, and definitely every African-American should be completely grateful and honored how Colin and Eric are doing so much more for the greater good", she said. Nadal leads the series 7-3.

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