Serena Williams’s hopes for a 24th Major hung in the balance in the second set of her match against Petra Martic Sunday at the US Open. Serena turned her ankle during the 2-all game, but afterward was able to put away the Croatian comfortable 6-3, 6-4 victory.
The 23-time Slam winner has lost just one set en route to her 16th US Open final. But the question is, how is the ankle?
“I usually know if it’s horrible early on,” Serena said. “I had a really bad ankle sprain in January. I was like, instantly, No, this can’t happen. I’m finally healthy.
“But I’ll see tomorrow. So far I’m good. I have been managing it. We’ll see tomorrow.”
Serena will also be helped by the dismissal of two of the top 3 seeds.
No. 2 Ashleigh Barty summer of struggles continued as she was bounced by Qiang Wang of China 6-2, 6-4. Wang advances to her first Slam quarterfinal.
The Australian, who finished 0/9 on break points, will now wait to see what happens with Naomi Osaka as she tries to track down the No. 1 ranking at the end of the year.
“I felt like she was able to put the ball with great depth in difficult positions for me. I still was able to create opportunities. Just very frustrating that on the big points today, Q played a lot better,” Barty said.
No. 3 seed Karolina Pliskova also fell losing to Johanna Konta 6-7(1), 6-3, 7-5. The Brit earned her first US Open quarterfinal.
“I’m really pleased,” Konta said., “I think I’m just overall pleased because, kind of like my first round, every match is difficult in its own way, but I know that, like with everyone, there’s always going to be certain players or certain types of game styles that are just more difficult for each player to play against.
“I mean, obviously my record shows that I find it difficult to play against Karolina. I’m just pleased I was able to, yeah, basically just find a way and enjoy being out there, knowing that, you know, nothing was for certain. I could have lost that match just as easily as I would have won it.”
In the evening, the all-Top 10 showdown between Madison Keys and Elina Svitolina went that was of the Ukrainian 7-5, 6-4.
“It was really good performance from me. Very solid, I would say, from the beginning until the end,” said Svitolina.
“I was feeling very good today physically, which helps my game, obviously. Yeah, it’s something that, yeah, very special for me to play in front of so many people. Night session in New York is always very special. To get a win is a special feeling.”
Keys had made the finals in 2017, semifinals in 2018 and just won Cincinnati.
“I feel like I didn’t play my best tennis today,” said Keys who never had a break chance. “I think luckily I was able to still serve pretty well and stay in the match and still kind of give myself some chances.
“I don’t think I returned well. I mean, that was pretty obvious. I think I only won five return points. So it’s tough to win a match when that’s going on.”
Tomorrow, Osaka returns to take on Belinda Bencic. The Swiss won both meetings this year at Indian Wells and Madrid.
And 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu takes on American 23-year-old Taylor Townsend. Both have never been this far at a Grand Slam.
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