Serena Williams moves past Kaia Kanepi at U.S. Open

Serena Williams moves past Kaia Kanepi at U.S. Open

Serena Williams moves past Kaia Kanepi at U.S. Open

Williams rolled through the opening set in just 18 minutes, as she hit 14 winners to just two unforced errors in six games and lost six points overall.

"Winning a big game and a very important game and a really tight game, I think it was just a relief", said Williams, who took control with a break in the next game and maintained that advantage until she fired a forehand victor on her first match point.

Once she broke her serve, probably the greatest shot tennis has ever seen, helped her defend her lead. "I ran back and hit a forehand cross-court - and the crowd went insane", she said.

"First of all, I served really, really well today", Thiem said. "That's the most important thing to me".

"But in the real world, it takes a while for your body to come back".

After producing the most impressive display since her comeback to defeat sister Venus for the loss of just three games on Friday, it looked like Williams would be even more dominant against Kanepi, who upset top seed Simona Halep in round one.

If she beats Kanepi, she'll play either Karolina Pliskova or Ashleigh Barty in the quarterfinals. He was agonizingly close to getting there previous 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 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. It would be her first major since she won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant with daughter Olympia.

In other comments, Serena said that after God, she owes everything to her sister. A couple of loose points gifted Kanepi a break in the first game of the second set, however, and she couldn't get back on terms. She obviously knows how to play.

As for Isner, the American famous for playing in marathon matches (including the two longest matches in major history), played in another five-setter on Sunday.

Sevastova advanced Sunday by eliminating No. 7 Elina Svitolina 6-3, 1-6, 6-0.

The six-time champion's serve got her out of trouble, however, as she served up 18 aces to break her opponent's resistance. So I have some weapons, too. "I hope to be ready to make that happen".

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