Serena Williams sophisticated to the U.S. Open quarter-finals immediately after a gritty, stress-soaked six-three six-seven(six) six-three win more than Greece’s Maria Sakkari on Monday.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner came up quick in the 2nd-set tiebreak, with her energy serve abandoning her when she desired it most.
Sakkari carried the momentum into the third set as she commenced the decider with a break.
But the 38-yr-outdated American the moment once again showed the battling instincts that has produced her one particular of the all-time greats. She broke back to degree for two-two as Sakkari’s forehand commenced to misfire.
The 6-time Flushing Meadows champion marked her 100th win on Arthur Ashe Stadium with a roar that could be heard all all over the grounds.
“I just stored fighting,” explained Williams, who misplaced to Sakkari two weeks in the past in the Western & Southern Open.
“She was undertaking so effectively she was getting so aggressive.
“I knew I desired to do the very same point.”