Serena takes her way to rooms; Pironkova keeps dreaming

The 23 Grand Slam winner adds another new record at the US Open and is already in the quarterfinals, where she will meet the surprising Pironkova.


Serena Williams continues to make her way to what would be her 24th Grand Slam, with which she would tie the legendary Margaret Court. For this, she had in front of the Greek Maria Sakkari, who dismounted her two weeks ago from the Masters 1,000 in Cincinnati. Serena took to the track with the lesson learned from the last confrontation between the two, and this time she could score the victory by 6-3, 6-7 (6) and 6-3. If Serena broke the record for the most victories at the US Open three games ago (she now has 105), today the American achieved a new milestone: she added her 100th victory at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Williams had to work a lot in the first set. You could tell he respected Sakkari, who was reaching the round of 16 for the second time in his career. The Greek was very successful with her serve (13 aces), but Serena managed to steal her serve once to win the first set. In the second set, equality continued to reign. Williams had to save with his serve two set balls against, and another two in the tie break, but on the fifth, Sakkari put the equalizer on the scoreboard. Mal started the final set for Serena, who gave up her first service game. The Greek was very aggressive throughout the match (35 winners to Williams' 30), and Serena began to suffer physically, especially due to the lung problems she suffers. But there the tennis legend got his claw, who came back from the set and ended up taking revenge on Sakkari in almost two and a half hours of play. Since 2007 (she did not participate in two editions), Serena has never missed the quarterfinals of the US Open.

Precisely in the quarterfinals, her rival will be the surprising Tsvetana Pironkova. The Bulgarian defeated Garbiñe Muguruza in the second round in her first tournament since 2017, when she left tennis to have her first child. On her return to the slopes, Pironkova, who has no ranking, is leaving everyone stunned. On this occasion, the Bulgarian, who also beat Vekic, beat Alizé Cornet by 6-4, 6-7 (5) and 6-3 in almost three hours of the match. The Frenchwoman played her first round of 16 at a US Open in 14 starts, but failed to take advantage of 50 unforced errors by Pironkova, who at 32 has reached a career Grand Slam quarter-final for the fourth time in her career. In this way, the confrontation between Pironkova and Serena is presented as one of the main attractions in the next round of the US Open.

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