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

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Williams produced a near ideal set - taking it 6-0 in 18 minutes which contained four aces, points won on every one of her successful first serves, three breaks from three chances and 14 winners.

Six-time victor Serena Williams reached the US Open quarter-finals with a 6-0 4-6 6-3 victory over Kaia Kanepi.

Serena Williams was in action later Sunday after routing her sister on Friday in what she felt was her best match since her return to tennis.

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. "It was one or two points that made a huge difference in that second set".

"It would be wonderful to win a Grand Slam while having a daughter, but it's a lot of work".

It was the first set she had taken off the American in five meetings. In an interview with Time Magazine this month, Serena spoke out in support of Kaepernick who hasn't played in the NFL since end of the 2016 season, the same year he began kneeling during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality.

"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". "But I know what you're talking about", Stephens said, then proceeded to give her own play-by-play.

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

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Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam champion seeking a first major since a 2017 Australian Open title won when she was pregnant with her daughter Olympia, will take on Karolina Pliskova for a semi-final spot after the eighth-seeded Czech beat Australian Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-4.

Williams and Pliskova are 1-1 in head-to-head matches, but Pliskova defeated Williams in the semifinals here in 2016.

In other comments, Serena said that after God, she owes everything to her sister.

In the decider, Williams took an early 2-0 lead and held on to reach the quarters.

Sevastova toppled seventh-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3, 1-6, 6-0, leaving just two of the top 10 women's seeds remaining.

If she defeats Pliskova she could face defending champion and fellow American Sloane Stephens in the last four.

"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. In the 18-minute shutout of the first set, Kanepi's strokes were off and Williams' were pretty much ideal as she grabbed 24 of 30 points.

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