Former World No.1 Serena Williams of the United States kept her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title alive, maneuvering past Estonia's Kaia Kanepi, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3, in a fourth-round battle on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open.
"I know she was the best at that time, but I just wanted to win". Kanepi drilled aggressive winners, looked nearly untouchable off the forehand side despite Serena broke back to 5-3, and managed to win her first set ever against her as Serena missed a return just wide.
"The 14 winners and two unforced errors was unreal, considering how big she was hitting the ball", former world number six Chanda Rubin told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.
17th-seeded Williams dominated the opening set but was then drawn into a three-set tussle, before eventually moving past Kanepi after 96 minutes of play. 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.
It was the first set she had taken off the American in five meetings.
Asked if she was already thinking about a little brother or sister for Olympia, she said not quite yet. "I worked really hard on that".
She continued: 'For the first time, I finally understand the concept of self-love and self-care.
It was Williams, who had 18 aces on the day, who stayed in the spotlight, however, overcoming a seemingly fearless effort from Kanepi to serve her way to victory, a 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 final that sends her to the quarterfinals.
Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus Williams in the latest of a long-time sibling rivalry to advance to Round 3 of the U.S. Open, also saying afterward she owes "everything" to her elder sister.
After that scream-inspiring hold to begin the final set, Williams broke right away to lead 2-0.
She said she believes new mothers should be more prepared for the fact that it can take time to recover from childbirth. He was agonizingly close to getting there past 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 what I have improved most is my fitness.
"On clay, I think it's one of the biggest challenges in sports to beat this guy or to compete with this guy", Thiem said.
Stephens completed a 6-3 6-3 win over 15th seed Elise Mertens to set up a quarterfinal tie with Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova. "So I didn't face one break point, and I didn't feel so much pressure on service games".