Serena Williams takes a serious step towards her 24th Slam title

Williams rallied against compatriot Stephens, a champion in New York in 2017, and is in the second round of a great for the 72nd time in 75 starts. His rival, Sakkari.


When it seemed that Serena Williams was going to be the victim again of her own doubts and lose another chance to reach her 24th Grand Slam title and, also, prematurely, the best player in history, with the permission of Margaret Court with whom she tries to tie in At the top of the list of great trophies, he came back against his compatriot Sloane Stephens and will be in the round of 16 of the US Open: 2-6, 6-2 and 6-2 in 1h: 44. This is the 72nd time he has reached the fourth round of a major in 75 starts. Serena will have the opportunity to try to take revenge against Maria Sakkari for the loss she suffered last week at the Western & Southern Open, on the same stage. That will be on Monday.

The youngest of the Williamses did not face Stephens, with whom she had a curious history of misunderstandings on the track and off it, since 2015, when she won it for the last time before this Saturday (now the balance is 6-1 for the multi-champion). In the first set, he failed more than necessary and two break options that he had escaped him, while his rival did take advantage of another two that he had in four attempts. Serena needed something, a stimulus to make her react, and she found it on the serve. She fine-tuned her aim and power and also took her legendary drive for a walk, with that devastating waist twist that makes her feel dominating. Stephens, despite her improvement in recent years, is not that confident and relentless tennis player who was champion in 2017, in fact, she is far from being one, and Williams was diluted, who still has her measure taken. In the two rounds that decided the match, Sloane had only one break option.

"For me it is very important to keep trying, to keep going," said Serena, whose daughter, Olimpia, follows the tournament from the empty stands of Arthur Ashe. The American did not want to reveal what he has spoken with Djokovic about the entry of players in the PTPA, the new association sponsored by the Serbian. "That is between me and Novak." I also talk about the fact of always being the focus of the press: "There are days better than others. Having Serena's name on the back is a great goal for the circuit and the press, it is stressful, but as Billie Jean said King once, 'the pressure is a privilege.' So I don't want things to be any other way. I just think about how lucky I am to be in this position and, honestly, to be Serena, although that sounds weird to say. "

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