Serena Williams reaches US Open quarter-finals once again but only after she’s given a scare by 15th seed Maria Sakkari at Flushing Meadows
- Serena Williams was challenged in her fourth round tie versus Maria Sakkari
- The No 3 seed took the first set 6-3 against her Greek opponent
- Sakkari improved in the second set which she took in a thrilling tiebreak
- Williams then took the third set 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals once again
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Serena Williams staged another comeback last night to keep her dreams of a 24th Grand Slam title alive.
The 38 year-old American found herself in trouble at 0-2 in the decider against Greece’s Maria Sakkari but again held firm to come back and win 6-3 6-7 6-3 to make the quarter finals.
Against the same opponent two weeks ago she lost a second set tiebreak and then the match, and had to try and erase the memory when the world No 22 levelled matters.
Serena Williams reached the US Open quarter-finals once again with win over Maria Sakkari
Williams is looking to win the 24th Grand Slam of her successful career to date
‘Of course I thought about that but only a little because I knew it was a different match, different moment,’ she said. ‘I kept fighting, she was being so aggressive and I knew I had to do the same thing.’
Williams, who was awaiting the winner of Alize Cornet and Tsvetana Pironkova, found herself in the unaccustomed position of facing someone serving more aces than she did.
She now faces three matches in four days if she is to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Major singles titles. ‘I feel much fitter than I did two weeks ago,’ she added.
Sakkari (above) struggled in the opening set, which she lost 6-3 to the American champion
The Greek 15th seed improved in the second set, which she claimed in the tiebreak
Williams won 6-3 in the deciding set to throw off the challenge of Sakkari after over two hours
At an event that has been shunned by some Australians, No 1 Alex de Minaur became the first man from the bottom half of that draw to reach the last eight, defeating Canada’s Vasek Pospisil 7-6 6-3 6-2.
Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski were on Monday knocked out of the men’s doubles quarter finals, beaten 6-2 7-6 by Mate Pavic and Murray’s former partner Bruno Soares.