Serena steers past Kanepi to reach US Open quarterfinals

03 September, 2018, 20:41 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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As in the first, Williams broke early on and although Kanepi kept within touching distance, the home favourite powered her way into the final eight.

Six-time champion Serena Williams used a blazing start and battling finish to reach the US Open quarter-finals on Sunday 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 auto while her 18-year-old nephew was driving. She returned to competitive tennis in March after a year out during which she gave birth to her first child.

Williams finished the first set in just 18 minutes and almost rallied from two breaks down in the second.

Following a shock upset of top-ranked Simona Halep in the first round, the 44th-ranked Kanepi appeared to be a potential trouble spot for the six-time U.S. Open champion.

"She's had a lot of big wins in her career".

When Williams shanked a backhand return of a 103 mph serve, the match was a little more than an hour old, and it was all tied at a set apiece. I think it makes it unnatural. "Coming back from a baby is hard, harder than I thought". "I wanted to be here right until the end and put myself in contention of winning my first major".

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And Freida Pinto was seen spending time with her mystery hunk once again as they watched Serena Williams take on Kaia Kanepi on day seven of the US Open Tennis tournament in NY on Sunday.

Williams, 36, took the first set in only 18 minutes as she converted all three break points she earned and did not drop a point on her first serve.

"The thing I've improved most is my fitness", Williams said.

The other quarterfinal on the top half of the draw will be defending champion Sloane Stephens of the US against No. 19 Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in a rematch from the same round a year ago.

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.

"He'd have so much to prove", she said. "So I didn't face one break point, and I didn't feel so much pressure on service games". "That's super special. I played here at 15 or 16, and I'm still going".

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.

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