Serena Williams progresses to US Open quarterfinals

Serena Williams progresses to US Open quarterfinals

Nadal, a three-time Open victor and the defending champion, needed four sets but topped Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4 in the fourth round on Arthur Ashe Stadium. She dropped her first set of the tournament Sunday, two days after routing sister Venus 6-1, 6-2 in the third round.

"I feel like just getting through it in general was all I'm looking at now and not looking back and just moving towards the next match", offered a relieved Williams, safely through to the last eight at Flushing Meadows for a 15th time.

Williams finished with 18 aces and 47 total winners. As she went on to take that sixth game, Serena returned a Kanepi serve with a single forehand.

Freida styled her raven tresses into a sleek, straight style and parted her hair down the middle so that it framed her pretty face.

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

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"It'll be wonderful to win a grand slam while having a daughter but it's a lot of work. I was just happy to get through it to be honest", Williams said.

Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam champion seeking a first major since a 2017 Australian Open title won when she was pregnant with her daughter Olympia, will take on Karolina Pliskova for a semi-final spot after the eighth-seeded Czech beat Australian Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-4.

Pliskova defeated Williams in the semi-finals in NY in 2016.

The other quarterfinal on the top half of the draw will be defending champion Sloane Stephens of the USA against No. 19 Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in a rematch from the same round previous year. Nadal leads the series 7-3.

"It wasn't an easy match at all". We always have tough matches. Being defending champion, being able to get to the quarter-finals again, is incredible.

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"I'm surprised it hasn't come down to a 10".

However, two-time US Open quarterfinalist and former world No. 15 Kanepi found her feet in the second set, as her blistering groundstrokes began to find their mark more often than not. "Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out!"

The Estonian, who became previous year the first qualifier to move to the quarterfinals since Barbara Gerken did so in 1981, played an incredibly brilliant tennis in the second set. "That's the most important thing to me", she continued.

Plislkova's runner-up finish to Kerber in the 2016 US Open remains her best Grand Slam finish, but Williams noted she briefly gained the number one world ranking previous year.

In other comments, Serena said that after God, she owes everything to her sister.

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