How to Watch Serena Williams vs. Karolina Pliskova

Kristopher Nichols
September 6, 2018

Pliskova has won all her matches here in straight sets, including a round of 16 clash with Ashleigh Barty in which she won all 10 of her service games en route to her third consecutive U.S. Open quarter-final.

Williams roared when she fought off Kanepi pressure in the opening game of the decider and pulled away, finishing the match with a tally of 47 winners, including 18 aces.

However, it was Williams' lightning fast start that sent fans into a spin on social media - the American seizing the first set from Kanepi in just 18 minutes. "I was just happy to get through it, to be honest", Williams said in a TV interview on court at Arthur Ashe Stadium. It was a crucial moment and the 36-year-old quickly gained an advantage that she never threatened to lose.

However, Serena lost her first set at the 2018 U.S. Open, a run that included a 6-1, 6-2 victory over her older sister Venus in the third round Friday night.

Pliskova was the runner-up at Flushing Meadows in 2016, when she beat Serena Williams in the semifinals. "Coming back from a baby is really hard, harder than I thought". So I have some weapons, too. I was, like, a dark horse.

Next up for Williams is a clash with the last player to beat her in NY, eighth seed Pliskova.

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. "I think that was a great point".

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In the men's singles event, defending champion Rafael Nadal edged past Georgian player Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 to book his spot in the last eight. "I heard that's an terrible thing to do".

The match was easily Williams' most competitive in her first U.S. Open since her return to tennis after having her first child, and she let the crowd know it with a few screams after some key points.

Asked if she was already thinking about a little brother or sister for Olympia, she said not quite yet. "I don't think my desire to win could have been more five years ago or today".

"On clay, I think it's one of the biggest challenges in sports to beat this guy or to compete with this guy", Thiem said.

A lot has to happen if a rematch against Williams - which was due to happen at the French Open before injury intervened - is to happen, but Sharapova is the only Grand Slam victor left in the bottom half.

Williams hit back and had two chances to level at 5-5 but Kanepi produced big serves on both. "I'm just going to try to keep building on that and keep going". "I beat players which I should have beat, so it's nothing awesome".

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