Serena Rolls, Trips, Rolls at US Open; Keys, Osaka, Sharapova in Action Monday
by Staff | September 2nd, 2018, 10:28 pm
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Serena Williams baked a bagel, then was staring at defeat on Sunday at the US Open before beating giant-killer Kaia Kanepi 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 to move into the quarterfinals.


Kanepi in the first round had upset world No. 1 Simona Halep.

“I feel like just getting through it in general was all I’m looking at now and not looking back and just moving towards the next match,” Williams said afterwards.

After winning only six points in the first set, Kanepi broke straight away in the second set to shockingly make it a match. The Estonian won the second, but in the third set the momentum shifted back to Williams who leapt out to a 3-0 lead before closing it out.

“It wasn’t easy, obviously, I think one thing she did well was change her strategy and started doing just a completely different game and gave me a different look to her game,” Williams said. “It’s not tough, but I feel like I made one or two crucial errors and that cost me the second set, or at least cost me the first game. It wasn’t like my level went down tremendously. It was one or two points that made a huge difference in that second set.”

Williams in the quarterfinals will face No. 8 seed Karolina Pliskova who won 6-4, 6-4 over No. 18 Ashleigh Barty of Australia.

“Every game was tough and I won the important points,” said the succinct Pliskova, who lost in the quarterfinals last year, and is in her third straight quarters at the US Open.

Also lining up a quarterfinal meeting were No. 3 Sloane Stephens, who defeated No. 15 Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-3, and No. 19 Anastasija Sevastova who upset No. 7 Elina Svitolina 6-3, 1-6, 6-0.

“That was pretty good, huh?” the defending champion Stephens said after the match. “I played this whole match from start to finish, so I can’t ask for much more.”

Sevastova is into the quaterfinals for the third straight year.

Monday’s fourth-round meetings in Flushing Meadows are (14) Madison Keys vs. (29) Dominika Cibulkova, (22) Maria Sharapova vs. (30) Carla Suarez Navarro, (20) Naomi Osaka vs. (26) Aryna Sabalenka, and Marketa Vondrousova vs. Lesia Tsurenko.


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24 Comments for Serena Rolls, Trips, Rolls at US Open; Keys, Osaka, Sharapova in Action Monday

RZ Says:

3rd night match in a row for Sharapova?


Margot Says:

^ She’s box office :(


RZ Says:

Actually it’s her 4th night session 😕. She’s only played at night this year.
Interesting that there hasn’t been much fuss about this (last year there were vocal complaints about her having show courts in general). The US Open has mostly been more fair this year with its scheduling (exhibit A: Federer and Djokovic both getting 2 day and 2 night sessions so far) but not with her. I looked on Twitter and apparently according to Daniela Hantuchova, CSN’s coach complained.


Daniel Says:

USO wants a Serena x Sharapova final


Daniel Says:

They also want a Fedal final and hence placed Djoko in Fed’s side as they probably think Fed has a better chance of beating Djoko than Nadal after Wimby. Even with Nadal 2-1 final recvord over Djoko. Usaull. And in worst scenario they get another Nadal x Djoko final.

But for sure they wanted to avoid a Djoko x Fed final as they know their crowed would behave like 2015 final. Djoko x Nadal final is a bit more impartial than Djoko x Fed.


Van Persie Says:

I think we will have a DelPo- Nole final


Van Persie Says:

As for the ladies: Maria- Sloane


Van Persie Says:

So Daniel, hereby you agree with Nole fans on the rigged draws :)
I also think a bit, UO hoped Fed might have better chances against Novak in QF than in semis or final.
The scheduling was more fair this year , I would say


Margot Says:

Playing best of those I’ve seen:
Men: JMDP
Women: Sloane


Van Persie Says:

Scheduling was fairer for Nole, I meant.
Yep, Maria and Serena were pampered with night matches.
1st night match today for defending champion is disrespectful.


Van Persie Says:

Maybe Nike forgot to create a day dress for Maria :)
Serena did show her day tutu yesterday


RZ Says:

Haha VP I was wondering about the dress issue too.


RZ Says:

Sabalenka is another screecher. (Saw her at IW – was tough on the ears live too). Can’t get behind her unless she learns to pipe down.


Van Persie Says:

Saba scares me. Looka like she’s coming from “Vikings”.


Daniel Says:

Agree VP,

Delpo x Nole final. That shoudl be a cracker also. Long time these 2 don´t play in a big stage.
I would love DelPo to win, but can’t stand Djoko losing another USO final, so don’t know who to cheer for in that scenario.

I rather Djoko only reach another USO final if he is to win it. But DelPo is the player I want to win a Slam the most after what he being through.

Don’t agree about rigged draws at all. It was more like a “to have fun theory post”.


Van Persie Says:

Nole wins this now. But he looks really bad. Heat is his greatest enemy on court.

I want to see a Nole or DelPo winning this. But it would be hard for me to enjoy a NoDel final. I would be like 60% with Nole though.
So much easy to enjoy a Fedole match. Lol


Daniel Says:

I am all for a DelPo x Kei final;-) This way we have 8 different Slam finalist for the year and race for #1 will be more exciting.
The sooner Nadal lsoes the best for #1 race. He is too far a head, finals will almost assure it unless its Djoko ro Fed with the title. If he wins the title, year over. He will have 8760 pts in nrace with still 2 Masters and WTF to be player more than 3000 pts from second.

Apart from Nadal fans, him not winning USO would be the best for tennis right now. To have an excting end of year and not get a sense that the year is over after USO.


Daniel Says:

^yera is NOT over after USO…


Daniel Says:

Djoko x Fed will be night. Semis probably night also. finals start afternoon and end early night.

Weather foprecast for Wed and Friday is below 30C, 85F, possible rain on Sunday with even lower temperatures, so heat shouldn’t be a factor for bottom half next 2 matches.


Van Persie Says:

Or I should wish for Nole Isner final. Lol.


Van Persie Says:

Last year Andeson as finalist, this year Big John.


Margot Says:

^ VP: say it ain’t so :(


Wog Boy Says:

“Serena did show her day tutu yesterday”

VP, Nike took my suggestion, Serena’s outfit is inspired by Swan Lake, I am imagining her after every shot doing pirouette…


RZ Says:

Yay CSN! Extra kudos for throwing shade at the schedulers


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