Serena Williams calmly walked to the side after statement-making forehand return

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What was to rescue her in a deciding set against Estonia's Kaia Kanepi was her incomparable serve, which guided her safely through to an undulating 6-0 4-6 6-3 victory. "It just comes out, and it's just emotions, '" said Williams, a six-time US Open champion who finished with more than twice as many winners as Kanepi, 47-22.

With the Spanish legend in her corner for the fortnight, Pliskova acquired another voice of positivity.

Williams took the first set against Kanepi in just 18 minutes.

But Kanepi held firm and took the 23-time Grand Slam champion into a decider.

Williams double-faulted on break point to send Kanepi up 5-2.

"I don't think I want to win more", she explained. "I was just happy to get through it to be honest".

Williams will move on to play No. 8 seed Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals.

Despite arriving in NY in rather indifferent form, Pliskova has been impressive so far.

Stephens, who has not dropped a set in four matches at Flushing Meadows this year, lost to Mertens at the Cincinnati warm-up last month but was never in danger of suffering a repeat as she wrapped up the win in one hour and 26 minutes.

Top-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal and world number three Sloane Stephens are also looking to keep alive their hopes of successfully defending their titles in their matches against Austrian Dominic Thiem and Latvian Anastasija Sevastova.

"Obviously it won't be easy", she said.

"None of us are going to win 20-some slams like Serena", said John Isner, the No. 11 seed on the men's side, said before the Serena-Venus match. "It's a big opportunity for both of us". "I think everything is going to happen in time". It would be her first major since she won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant with her daughter Olympia. "I have watched her a great deal since then", she told a news conference.

Williams could yet meet Maria Sharapova in the final, with the Russian maintaining her remarkable record in night matches at Flushing Meadows.

"She has a really good forehand".

In the quarterfinals, Serena Williams will have the chance to take revenge on the Carolina pliskova for the defeat in the semifinals of the US Open in 2016. "I feel like it's important for women to know that it doesn't happen like [it looks] in the Instagram world". "Not the best percentage, but I nearly made every point in the first serve game". I liked Steffi a lot, too, when I was a kid. "There is always a chance for me".

The 36-year-old Williams is looking for her 24th Slam singles title and seventh U.S. Open victory.

She may need to in order to win this Open, which would make history.

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