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Serena Williams through to the fourth round of the US Open

Serena Williams through to the fourth round of the US Open”

Six-time US Open champion and now world ranked No. 8 Serena Williams has advanced to the third round of the 2019 US Open. I knew what my opponent could do.

Now 37, Williams owns 23 Grand Slam singles titles in all, and she showed off why while powering her way through a deficit, taking 16 of the final set's initial 17 points. Second and third set, she obviously picked up her level.

Many American teenage girls grow up dreaming of becoming the next Serena Williams, but for Catherine McNally, who almost delivered an upset for the ages against her compatriot, it is Roger Federer's game she covets. But she's spending precious rest time preparing for her clothing line's presentation at Fashion Week, next week's apparel spectacular in NY.

It was Gauff who beat Williams' older sister, Venus, on the way to the fourth round of Wimbledon last month. Seemed a possibility for a set, anyway, with McNally charging the net, serving-and-volleying, and looking like someone who belonged. Took time to get into a real groove. This will be the first time Martic and Williams have ever met on the WTA Tour. Cheering her on the entire time, Hadid sat in one of the boxes of Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday night.

"Had to go out there on business", Williams said. "It's a great stepping stone to a lot of things".

The Serb broke again in the fifth game of second set and was in total control as he served out to love in the ensuing game for a 4-2 cushion. Otherwise, she played well, and went from trailing 3-2 at the outset to grabbing the opening set and a 3-0 lead in the second. I don't know how I would grade my performance. "That's something that not very many people do".

While McNally, who was not broken until the sixth game of the second set when she fell behind 4-2, ran out of steam in her bid to derail the six-times champion, she still managed to impress world number eight Williams.

"At the end of the day, I think what matters the most for me is that I am in the [fourth] round, after all, after those two sort of slow starts", Federer said. But that doesn't happen. "I had to stay present, at any point it could have changed and that's what you have to be prepared for", Konta said in her on-court interview after the match.



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