Serena Williams vs Karolina Pliskova: US Open quarterfinal preview and prediction

Serena Williams vs Karolina Pliskova: US Open quarterfinal preview and prediction

Serena Williams vs Karolina Pliskova: US Open quarterfinal preview and prediction

Serena Williams overcame Kaia Kanepi in three entertaining and power-packed sets to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open.

Williams opened her 2018 US Open campaign with a 6-4 6-0 win over Magda Linette, before overpowering Carina Witthoeft 6-2 6-2 in the second round.

The pressure continued to mount as Kanepi, who had not strung together three consecutive tour-level match wins since her quarterfinal run at last year's U.S. Open, broke Williams again to go up 5-2 before holding off a late rally from the 17th seed to level the match.

Stephens got there by beating No. 15 Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-3, 6-3 at night, while Sevastova defeated No. 7 Elina Svitolina 6-3, 1-6, 6-0.

Stephens will kick off the day's action on centre court when she meets 19th-seeded Latvian Anastasija Sevastova for a spot in the semi-finals against either Williams or Pliskova.

Serena Williams defeated her elder sister, Venus Williams in two straight sets 6-1 6-2 on Friday, making the 30th career showdown at Flushing Meadows in NY a one-sided affair.

But the hard-hitting Estonian, who took out world number one Simona Halep in the first round, settled down in the second set, shaking off the partisan crowd in a jammed Arthur Ashe Stadium to push Williams the rest of the way.

In a blink, Williams had a match on her hands. A forehand cross-court victor drew applause from the 23-time grand slam singles champion before Kanepi left her opponent helpless again with a forehand down the line.

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Serena won the first set, 6-0, and really, made it look easy.

"It'll be wonderful to win a grand slam while having a daughter but it's a lot of work".

So much has been riding on Williams doing well at this tournament, not least the multi-million dollar advertising splurges built around the women's game's most bankable star, who is very much the face of this Open. I don't think I did a lot wrong.

Federer is a five-time US Open champion and Djokovic has won the tournament twice. "There is always a chance for me".

"I really was feeling great that year".

Pliskova was tipped as a grand slam victor of the near future after her victory over Williams but it has not quite happened for the Czech, who climbed to world number one last summer. She's my best friend. she means the world to me.

He gets two days' rest before taking on No. 9 Dominic Thiem for a semifinal berth in what will be rematch of this year's French Open final, which Nadal won in straight sets. I'm feeling great now, too. "I'm just going to try to keep building on that and keep going".

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