Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens win in fourth round of US Open


Serena Williams survived her first test of the US Open to reach the quarter-finals in NY for the 15th time.

Unmoved by her opponent's revival, Williams regained her composure to set up a last-eight tie with the Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova. He was agonizingly close to getting there previous year at the U.S. Open, leading by two sets against Juan Martin del Potro in the round of 16 before the 2009 champion roared back to win.

"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, so to say", Serena said in the news conference.

After failing to serve out the set leading 5-2, Kanepi saved two break points in her next service game and levelled the match by winning a game packed with attractive winners from both players.

No sign of sympathy came from the Arthur Ashe Stadium stands for the Estonian during the first set while the 23-time Slam champion moved to the tenth consecutive quarter-final here, losing the first set of her campaign. She had to survive upset-minded Kanepi, who knocked off No. 1 Simona Halep in the first round and stormed back from being bageled in the first set to seize the second. It would be her first major since she won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant with daughter Olympia. 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.

"That desire has not gone down at all", she said.

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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. "I'm going to do it the best I can", she added.

With Halep, number two seed Caroline Wozniacki and Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber having already fallen, few major obstacles stand between Williams and a seventh title in NY. "I have a game to beat her".

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.

"But in the real world, it takes a while for your body to come back. But I know what you're talking about", Stephens said, then proceeded to give her own play-by-play. "I'm kind of enjoying that, to be honest".

If she defeats Pliskova she could face defending champion and fellow American Sloane Stephens in the last four.