Serena Williams battles into US Open quarterfinals

Serena Williams praises Kaepernick for seeking ‘the greater good’ in anthem protests | TheHill

Serena Williams praises Kaepernick for seeking ‘the greater good’ in anthem protests | TheHill

"I think every athlete, every human, and definitely every African-American should be completely grateful and honored", she told the Associated Press.

Former World No.1 Serena Williams of the United States kept her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title alive, maneuvering past Estonia's Kaia Kanepi, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3, in a fourth-round battle on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open.

Her victory came a day after daughter Olympia turned one year old.

Tennis Smash reported that Williams was unstoppable on Sunday as she swept through the opening set against Kanepi in a record-breaking 18 minutes. She gained confidence and missed a couple of break points to open the second set, as she managed to change pace and rhythm properly using her classical sliced backhand.

The American struck 17 winners and controlled play from the baseline, ran relentlessly to extend the points, dominated in the longer rallies and was also helped by her opponent's struggles on serve.

She had a 67% success rate on first serves compared to Serena's 55% in the set and hit only 7 unforced errors to Serena's 13.

"She still hasn't played many tournaments yet, but her level is there".

"She was No.1 a year ago", Williams said, "I think she got there for a reason". "Winning a big game and a very important game and a really tight game, I think it was just a relief". She hasn't won since and is trying to avoid going without a Grand Slam for the first year since 2011.

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Kaepernick and Eric Reid, both former San Francisco 49ers who used public attention on games to make symbolic protests, attended the U.S. Open where Williams played on Friday night.

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'd have so much to prove", she said.

The Estonian missed two break points in the first game of the third set, allowing Williams to fight back and hold serve with a backhand victor, which brought out a loud yell of "come on" from her.

"I like it when players challenge me to do that".

Defending champion Sloane Stephens, the third seed, eased past Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-3 to book a quarter-final rematch with Latvian Anastasija Sevastova.

Every interview she had conducted through the first week of the U.S. Open fortnight, from court-side chats, to post-match news conferences, now come with the obligatory mother/daughter story-line. But after squandering a 2-1 lead in sets, the 11th seed dominated the fifth set to beat 25th-seeded Milos Raonic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

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