Serena Williams squarely meets challenge, advances to quarterfinals

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But she couldn't convert two break chances in the 10th, and after Williams saved two set points Kanepi knotted the match with a service victor on her third set point.

Six-time victor Serena Williams reached the US Open quarter-finals with a 6-0 4-6 6-3 victory over Kaia Kanepi.

This isn't the first time Williams has spoken out against police brutality: Back in 2016, she wrote a lengthy Facebook post in which she reflected on how she became nervous when she spotted a police vehicle while her 18-year-old nephew was driving.

Overall, the 23-time major champion struck 46 winners - with 18 aces - to advance to the last eight of the US Open for the 15th time in her career.

The American sent 14 winners whizzing past the Estonian and only made two unforced errors on her way to bagelling her opponent in 18 minutes. Kanepi, whose earlier victory over Halep marked the first time a top-seeded woman had ever lost in the US Open's first round during the pro era, fought back for a second-set decision to stay in contention and vie for a second straight quarterfinal at Flushing Meadows. "It was one or two points that made a huge difference in that second set".

When she ripped a backhand victor to claim the third set's opening game on Sunday, Williams let out her loudest shout of the day, leaning forward and rocking both arms. After returning to competition in March after the birth of daughter Olympia last September, Williams is trying to avoid her first season since 2011 without a Grand Slam title. "I'm kind of enjoying that, to be honest".

"In the real world, it takes a while for your body to come back". It's the fastest set thus far in this year's U.S. Open.

Her secret to beating Serena Williams two years ago at the U.S. Open was that Karolina Pliskova felt free, which is perhaps the best and most improbable mind-set there is when you're plunked in the middle of 24,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium with a then-22-time Grand Slam champion staring back across the net.

"I ran back and hit a forehand cross-court - and the crowd went insane", she said. "I'm going to continue to grind and see what happens".

"I think the courts suit my game", she said before the match. "That's the most important thing to me".

"Just like I always say: Get your racket on it. Make a play on the ball".

Stephens got there by beating No. 15 Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-3, 6-3 at night, while Sevastova defeated No. 7 Elina Svitolina 6-3, 1-6, 6-0.

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

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