Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Serena Williams relieved to emerge from tough battle with Kaia Kanepi

Serena Williams relieved to emerge from tough battle with Kaia Kanepi

Williams, seeded 17th, has been in fine form at Flushing Meadows, dropping her first set of the tournament before recovering to win 6-0 4-6 6-3 against Estonia's Kaia Kanepi on Sunday.

Williams defeated her sister Venus in the third round of the 2018 U.S. Open on Friday, winning 6-1, 6-2.

Serena, who has also spoken out about social justice and police brutality, stated in the interview with Sean Gregory that she believed if Kaepernick were given a chance, he would win a Super Bowl.

Kanepi, a former World No.15 who reached the US Open quarterfinals in 2010 and previous year, fired 22 winners to 18 unforced errors in the match. 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.

After that scream-inspiring hold to begin the final set, Williams broke right away to lead 2-0. Williams continued with the almost flawless tennis she displayed in the third round against her sister Venus in Sunday's first set against Kanepi, the woman who upset the No. 1 player in the world, Simona Halep, on the first day of the tournament.

Williams returned to Slam competition at the French Open in May, only to withdraw before her last-16 match against Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation because of injury. She withdrew prior to a fourth-round meeting with Maria Sharapova at the French Open with a shoulder injury before a scintillating run to the Wimbledon final ended with a runner-up finish to Angelique Kerber.

"Not only that, mentally and physically and dealing emotionally with providing for another child, it's a lot that goes into it", she said. Pliskova struck 16 to Barty's 29, but more relevantly the Australian had 10 more unforced errors, 30 to 20.

Williams has been watching Pliskova since they last played and noted her impressive forehand and unsafe serve as her greatest weapons. "I worked really hard on that".

"I feel like it's important for women to know that it doesn't happen like that in the Instagram world".

Elsewhere, defending champion Sloane Stephens eased through with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Belgian Elise Mertens.

With Halep, number two seed Caroline Wozniacki and Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber having already fallen, few major obstacles stand between Williams and a seventh title in NY.

Kevin Anderson won't get a second shot at Rafael Nadal in the U.S. Open.

The six-time champion's serve got her out of trouble, however, as she served up 18 aces to break her opponent's resistance. "I'm kind of enjoying that, to be honest".

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