US Open 2018: Serena Williams' 'desire has not gone down'

US Open 2018: Serena Williams' 'desire has not gone down'

US Open 2018: Serena Williams' 'desire has not gone down'

"She obviously knows how to play", said Williams, a six-time US Open champion who finished with more than twice as many winners as Kanepi, 47-22.

Williams spoke out after the football stars watched her trounce sister Venus Williams in their U.S. Open match.

Matched up on Sunday with the 44th-ranked Kanepi, who had a historic upset of top-ranked Simona Halep in the first round of the women's tournament, Williams didn't have it easy after a clean first set in which she cruised 6-0.

Kanepi turned things around early in the second set, as Williams' serve speed dropped and Kanepi picked up her level.

After failing to serve out the set leading 5-2, Kanepi saved two break points in her next service game and levelled the match by winning a game packed with attractive winners from both players.

Williams, chasing a record-equaling 24th grand slam, is playing her seventh tournament - and a third grand slam - since giving birth to daughter Olympia last September.

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

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. She returned to Grand Slam tennis at the French Open in May, withdrawing before a fourth-round match with Maria Sharapova due to a pectoral muscle injury.

More news: Europa League: Arsenal drawn against Sporting while Chelsea meet PAOK

"I ran back and hit a forehand cross-court - and the crowd went insane", she said. Grown-up idolizing Swiss legend Martina Hingis, the first Estonian to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal (2008, at Roland-Garros), to play a WTA final (2006, at Hasselt), to win a WTA title (2010, at Palermo) and to beat a world No.

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

Williams has been watching Pliskova since they last played and noted her impressive forehand and risky serve as her greatest weapons.

She then reached the Wimbledon final in July but lost to Germany's Angelique Kerber. She was bumped up to the No. 17 seed at the U.S. Open. "Coming back from a baby is hard, harder than I thought".

She continued: 'For the first time, I finally understand the concept of self-love and self-care.

Defending champion Sloane Stephens eased into the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Elise Mertens. I think it makes it unnatural.

"I think every athlete, every human, and definitely every African-American should be completely grateful and honoured how Colin and Eric are doing so much more for the greater good, so to say", Serena said.

Related news

[an error occurred while processing the directive]