Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Serena Williams says every athlete 'should be grateful' for Colin Kaepernick

Serena Williams says every athlete 'should be grateful' for Colin Kaepernick

In the 18-minute shutout of the first set, Kanepi's strokes were off and Williams' were pretty much flawless as she grabbed 24 of 30 points.

"I know she was the best at that time, but I just wanted to win".

"It wasn't like my level went down tremendously". "I played a solid match so I couldn't really ask for any more".

She'll need to be sharp again, with Kaia Kanepi looking to knock out another women's star.


The Estonian, who became a year ago the first qualifier to move to the quarterfinals since Barbara Gerken did so in 1981, played an incredibly brilliant tennis in the second set. "I don't really feel pressure, because I'm on this journey of getting back to where I was", she said. The 24-year-old had six WTA Tour titles to her name but little Grand Slam success; she began the tournament as the only top 20 player in the draw who hadn't yet made it to the fourth round of a major tournament. "I'm only in my third one back", said Williams, who won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant with her daughter, Olympia.

Serena Williams says her motivation to win major trophies remains as high as ever in motherhood after reaching the US Open quarter-finals.

"I have obviously thought of having more kids, and it will happen, God willing, in time", she said.

The Estonian missed two break points in the first game of the third set, allowing Williams to fight back and hold serve with a backhand victor, which brought out a loud yell of "come on" from her.


John Isner, of the United States, celebrates after defeating Milos Raonic, of Canada, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in NY on September 2, 2018.

Now comes a rematch: She'll face No. 19 Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, the same person she beat in last year's quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows. "That's the most important thing to me. Just simple: Make them play an extra ball, and see what happens".

Williams's level dropped in the second set, but she let out a booming "Come on!" after winning the first game in the third and cruised from there.

She had a 67% success rate on first serves compared to Serena's 55% in the set and hit only 7 unforced errors to Serena's 13.


The other quarterfinal on the top half of the draw will be defending champion Sloane Stephens of the USA against No. 19 Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in a rematch from the same round past year. But after squandering a 2-1 lead in sets, the 11th seed dominated the fifth set to beat 25th-seeded Milos Raonic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

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