US Open 2018: Serena Williams beats Kaia Kanepi to reach quarter-finals

Arnold Nichols
September 3, 2018

A year and a day after the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia, she was even more dominant in the first set against Kanepi, taking just 18 minutes to inflict a bagel on her opponent.

Williams, who greeted them after the game, said "Colin and Eric are doing so much more for the greater good".

Williams is looking for her 24th Slam singles title and seventh U.S. Open.

"We always have tough matches, so I am just happy to get through. He hits the ball strong and has a big serve", said the world No.1.

"I have obviously thought of having more kids, and it will happen, God willing, in time", said Williams., adding,"I think everything is going to happen in time". "That's the most important thing to me".

"Fortunately, I don't really feel pressure because I'm on this journey of getting back to where I was and I'm kind of enjoying that to be honest".

Serena Williams of the US after beating Venus Williams of the United States of America (not pictured) in a third round match on day five of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Serena Williams has left US Open viewers scrambling for superlatives after pulling off an incredible feat in her round of 16 victory on Monday.

Next up for Williams is a quarter-final meeting with eighth seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova who advanced with a straight-forward 6-4 6-4 win over 18th seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia. 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.

Since returning she has withdrawn with a shoulder injury from the a fourth round match at the French Open, and reached the final at Wimbledon, where she fell to Angelique Kerber. Kanepi is ranked only 44th, but she has been a top-20 player in the past and has made it to Grand Slam quarterfinals a half-dozen times.

She hasn't won a major since the 2017 Australian Open.

However, Williams's relative lack of matches means that her concentration can waver, and whereas she made only two unforced errors in the opener she produced six in the first three games of the second.

Stephens completed a 6-3 6-3 win over 15th seed Elise Mertens to set up a quarterfinal tie with Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova. I'm feeling great now, too.

"It's not easy", Serena said. Respect for both what they have done in their careers and to see them play at their age still, keep on going.

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