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Serena Williams advances to round three at US Open

Serena Williams advances to round three at US Open”

Sakkari beat Williams last week at the Western & Southern Open, despite the 23-time Grand Slam victor having the chance to serve for the match.

Roger Federer is the only player to hit the charts twice, achieving 101 wins at the All England Club and 102 at the Australian Open, sharing the second place with Serena Williams who stood on 102 US Open victories after her first-round success.

Williams, the tournament's third seed, is seeking a 24th singles Grand Slam title that would equal Margaret Court's record.

Anisimova reached the semi-finals of the French Open last summer but pulled out of the US Open following the sudden death of her father and coach Konstantin.

"I know if there were fans it would be so lit, and I'm kind of sad that we're not playing in front of fans, because it would be so fun", said the 26th-seeded Stephens, who advanced by defeating Olga Govortsova 6-2, 6-2.

Even after 23 Grand Slam titles and more than two decades of professional tennis, Serena Williams is still fighting to quiet the voice within that wants her to strive for no less than perfection.

"I always feel like I'm not flawless unless I'm ideal. I'm really focused on every shot", said the Moscow-born player who will take on 27th seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in the next round. Margarita couldn't follow that path, getting broken in game two from 40-15 up when her forehand landed wide, sending Serena ahead and finding herself 3-0 down following the veteran's ideal backhand down the line victor in game three.

The 32-year-old said: "I guess I was mentally prepared".

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"I just felt like everything was coming in, my toss, my rhythm". It remained closed for the match that followed - Andy Murray against Felix Auger-Aliassime - and a serious downpour loudly pelted the roof.

Thanks to heavy rain, the match had to be played indoors, and Williams held at love in the first game with four booming serves to gain confidence.

"He's one of the big champions of the last decade, Thiem said of Cilic". "I stayed up and kept erasing it until I got it flawless".

Pospisil won the first set 7-5, but dropped the next two - 6-2, 6-4 - to fall behind Bautista Agut.

In the women's competition on Thursday, seventh seed Madison Keys of the United States of America also progressed, making light work of Spain's Aliona Bolsova 6-2, 6-1, while Stephens easily overcame Belarusian Olga Govortsova 6-2, 6-2.

Former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens believes the current cohort of young Black women at the top of the game bodes well for the future of African-American involvement in tennis.

Medvedev entered the US Open as one of the favorites, and was expected to push past Wolf.



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