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While the last 16 or so hours have been dominated by the unceremonious exit of another Grand Slam champion, we will be switching the focus here to Serena Williams continuing her quest for her 24th major title. She hasn’t won a set in her last four Grand Slam finals. It may have been her best shot of the tournament, given the circumstances. And she secures the game with a strong serve. This is TENSE. Find out more, The Telegraph values your comments but kindly requests all posts are on topic, constructive and respectful. "I literally put myself in this situation," Williams told reporters after the 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-1 setback Tuesday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI |, Serena Williams reacts during her match against Heather Watson on Day 5 of the Wimbledon Championships in London on July 3, 2015. A slight show of nerves? Williams' 5-7 7-6(5) 6-1 loss in the round of 16 was a big blow to her preparations for next week's U.S. Open, where the 38-year-old is bidding for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title. Serena Williams said she put herself "in a bad situation" as she let her lead slip away Tuesday in a surprising 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-1 loss to Maria Sakkari at the Western & Southern Open. More pertinently, our tennis correspondent Simon Briggs highlighted that three mothers have made it to the US Open fourth round this week, including Serena Williams. Some fantastic rallies this game, and an impressive show of Sakkari's strength of character - she did not allow Williams to out-muscle her. Next Williams rushes the net for the first time after playing a deep ball, but Sakkari chases it down and tries for a passing shot backhand. Not only are the mothers on the tour making major strides in continuing to perform at the top level while raising young children, their kids are also making the no crowd situation at the US Open a whole lot cuter. It's like I have got to get rid of this guy. Serena Williams spends the entire fortnight at the U.S. Open carving up her opponents as if her racket were an electric knife. "READ: Wed 26 Aug 2020 05.47 BST As great a champion as the 38-year-old Williams is – and when you’ve won six Open titles and 23 Grand Slams overall, great might be underselling her – her closing skills have become suspect in these last years of her career. Williams plays almost the perfect point, but misses on her forehand and is berating herself - she cannot be missing opportunities now. Let's see if she can bring her top speed and level to this, the biggest match of her career so far. Sakkari approaches the net and Williams clatters a cross-court forehand past the Greek. Just when we doubted. She is playing better than she has in a long, long time. 15 seed Maria Sakkari of Greece, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, in the fourth round in nearly two-and-a-half hours. Williams, whose match fitness had been questioned ahead of the Open, said she was also struggling with cramps towards the end of the match. She will no doubt feel empowered by her comeback against Stephens going into this tie though, as well as the two straight-setters she played in the opening rounds. Photo by David Silpa/UPI |, Serena Williams prepares to serve during her French Open women's final match against Garbine Muguruza in Paris on June 4, 2016. She makes it the next chance she gets though - and Williams watches it whizz past her. The wheels appeared to be coming off the proverbial rails for Williams. "I haven't realized it yet," Sakkari said of the win over Williams. After battling to qualify for her 16th US Open quarterfinal on Monday night, Serena Williams threw doubt on whether she will play at Roland Garros later this month, citing worries about the organisers' plans to host a crowd. "I'm going to have to make the best decision for my health. Sakkari is using her pace to do some excellent defending in the first point, but Williams steps up to the net to smash the ball out of reach of the Greek No 1. That was an unmistakable takeaway from Labor Day afternoon, when Williams was across the Arthur Ashe Stadium from, yes, Maria Sakkari. 40-30. Williams won the match 6-1, 6-2. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI. This is getting intense though. Sakkari wins the first point on serve. Williams composes herself. It’s also different because the breaks [between points] are a little bit longer when clapping is longer. Former world No1 Victoria Azarenka improved her record against Alize Cornet to 7-0 with a 6-4, 7-5 win to advance to the quarter-finals, where the Belarusian will meet Ons Jabeur, who beat Christina McHale 6-3, 6-0. NEW YORK, NY, USA - No.13 seed Maria Sakkari rallied from the brink of defeat to shock two-time Western & Southern Open champion Serena Williams, 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-1 to roar into a second straight Cincy quarterfinal. Williams says US Open title would not be diminished by pullouts. Serena Williams lost a topsy-turvy three-set match to Maria Sakkari at the Western & Southern Open. 8 seed Johanna Konta in the quarterfinals at 5 p.m. EDT Wednesday in New York. Williams screams in victory. Head To Head. An easy hold from Sakkari too, with more great serving and not a lot of rallying. It's like I have got to get rid of this guy. And aren’t you relieved? Having proven she can close out during this fortnight, and that she can come up with answers and problem solve against strong opponents, her confidence should be high. Sakkari is dealing with Williams aggression better this set, and has adjusted enough to chase down balls and then attack back - not just defend. Available for everyone, funded by readers. The Greek hits two shots long next though, and Williams has two match points. Serena Williams was sent spinning out of the Western and Southern Open by Maria Sakkari on Tuesday after the Greek rallied from a set down to beat the 23-times Grand Slam champion 5 … Sakkari's cool forehand winner hits the corner of the court at 87mph, Williams only able to watch it. Not a morale booster for Williams by any means. Her 100th win on the Flushing Meadows main court, she will need to recover from the 2 hour 27 minutes three-setter, her second in a row at the tournament for her quarter-final on Wednesday. "I literally put myself in this situation. Another return winner and she has a second break point. A 2017 Sports Illustrated piece described ballpersons as “Roman bath slaves…”, © 2020 Tennis Channel Network. Sakkari will face No. Williams defeated Hingis 6-3, 7-6. And another immediately after. She's 4-0 down and in a whole world of trouble. Williams has won all four of their matches, but the last was five years ago. She hits a winner next - then another ace. 9 in the world -- appeared in control after she took a 5-2 lead in the first set. Sakkari, who is coached by 25-year-old Briton Tom Hill, is currently ranked 22nd in the world and is a player on the rise. Sakkari has to mix it up, approaching the net for the first time to put to bed one point. So there was ample reason to wonder how the eighth-ranked Williams, playing in her 20th U.S. Open, would close matches at this tournament, particularly as it moves into its second week. It throws Williams and she hits long. Williams flexes her wingspan wide to send a forehand winner down the line. Williams went on to win 6-1, 6-4. So Williams does some inner channeling. She did mistime her smash at the net though, and Williams makes her pay for it, going 30-15 up. Then smashes a serve out which Sakkari cannot return. Sakkari is challenging Williams in this service game. Osaka later, Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian arrive on the red carpet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Benefit, Serena Williams high-fives doubles partner Andy Murray in their first round mixed doubles match against Alexa Guarachi and Andreas Mies at Wimbledon in London on July 6, 2019. ATP & WTA Serena Williams head to head tennis search. She hangs on to hold, but a look of worry lines her face as she walks to her chair for the break. Just when she looked on the back foot. This is going the distance. Gets a let call on her first serve. Sakkari has to make sure she puts the last game to the back of her mind. 22, had a spotty day with her forehand but otherwise acquitted herself splendidly. Sakkari is definitely the more aggressive of the two when the rallies do get going. Williams hits her return wide. Williams turns up the intensity though and forces a mistake out of Sakkari next. Against Sakkari, after an up-and-down breaker in which she ripped her best backhand return of the match for a winner, but made two errors to lose it, she had to feel as if the Unisphere were on her back after falling into a two-game ditch. Williams then served for the match before Sakkari rallied to win the second set. The thought of going into play with members of the public, how do they manage that?". Photo by Monika Graff/UPI |, Williams slams a return to Maria Sharapova at the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University in California on July 29, 2011. Two shots into the net from Williams then offers Sakkari three break points. That was a strong finish from the champ, and Sakkari didn't have any answers. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI |, Serena Williams waits for the trophy ceremony after, Designer Serena Willams and daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. step out on the runway at the end of the, Saints QB Drew Brees dealing with fractured ribs, collapsed lung, Patriots use trick play to stun Ravens on 'SNF', Wichita State men's basketball coach Gregg Marshall resigns after abuse probe, Fantasy football: Hopkins, Metcalf top Week 11 wide receiver rankings, Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis to miss start of 2020-21 season, This week in the National Football League. 22 Maria Sakkari of Greece on Monday at the U.S. Open. The American chases it, but looks to have had a hole in her racket and in a moment of comedy misses the ball almost completely. That was another level Williams found. I don't think that helps mentally when it's like, you know the match is over and you have won the match, and now your legs were already tired and now they are even more tired, and now it's even more tired.". Sakkari is dragging Williams around the court, but then hits her forehand long. On Monday, at Arthur Ashe Stadium against the very same opponent, she definitely dumped him - but the 38-year-old had to recover from a break down in the third set to get the win, in what was a mesmerising and physical fourth round tie. It was her first real test of the tournament, but it does not get easier from here on in. Subscribe to my channel!! A win against Williams will see her improve on her best result at a slam, after she reached the last 16 for the first time at the Australian Open earlier this year. That confidence-inducing point is followed by a double fault though, giving Williams a glimmer of hope - 30-30. To continue enjoying Sportstar, you can turn off your adblocker or subscribe to Sportstar Plus. “The percentage still wasn’t that high today so hopefully as I play more matches it’ll get better.“. The players are on the court, Williams just removing her red jacket, which looks suspiciously like a cape. It just makes no sense. "Thank God I got rid of that guy," she joked after the 6-3 6-7(6) 6-3 victory. “She’s a role model for me and many others. Break point. Williams trailed 3-1 in the second set before reeling off four games in a row and was serving for the match when things began to fall apart. Due to more flexible conditions at the US Open, Williams is currently staying at a private home in New York, while forking out for 24-hour security to make sure she does not leave her bio-secure bubble. Williams -- ranked No. Williams has to throw the kitchen sink at her. And next point hits her backhand into the net. Sakkari misses the second serve, and Williams hits a backhand return winner down the line to the applause of the watching tennis royalty in the stands. “She's such a good competitor. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |, Serena Williams returns in her match against Anna Tatishvilli on Day two of the Wimbledon Championships in London on June 24, 2014. Photograph: Frank Franklin II/AP Serena Williams was sent spinning out of … Naomi, Serena Williams stands behind Naomi Osaka holding the championship trophy after defeating Williams in the U.S. Open Women's Final as the crowd boos. She gets a much-needed ace to secure an easy point. A forehand winner down the line gives Sakkari a boost in this opening game of the second set, and she shouts come on, complete with first pump. Deuce, and then advantage with a strong serve next. Sakkari is getting frustrated though, as Williams is finding another gear here, upping the power in her shots. "Never want to see him again. Venus Williams, defeated her sister 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. He was the worst.". In the third round, Williams lost the first set decisively to Sloane Stephens. ... but this news is a little difficult to completely ignore. But the American hasn't let up, she is still being loud and aggressive. I still have some questions, but I'm really, ironically, focused on New York. Serena Williams vs Maria Sakkari all matches, with stats on their H2H rivalry. Her fitness coach apparently used to work in athletics and says Sakkari runs 100m in 12.50secs. It just makes no sense. 15-15. Williams with the pressure on now. A double fault to kick things off. But then she double faults. This stood out from some very strong Twitter reactions... Swap me for jokers incident. We'll be here for all the action - keep up with our liveblog ahead of the 5pm start. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |, First lady Michelle Obama (L) meets with Serena Williams during the, Williams gets called for a code violation in the second set when she speaks out to chair umpire Eva Asderakia during her match against Samantha Stosur in the Women's Final at the U.S. Open in New York City on September 11, 2011. There's little reaction from Williams though. As we have seen her do for decades, Williams relies on her serve to begin her attempt to see out the match. “It’s like dating a guy that you know sucks,” she said of her recent flakiness. Maybe it will be good for me to talk to the organizers just to see how that works with the crowd and how we will be protected. Matches won this season. Last year she claimed her first WTA title in Rabat, beating Johanna Konta in the final, and also reached the semi-final in Premier 5 tournament Rome. Though the American stretches her racket to it she can't lift the ball over the net. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |, Serena Williams holds the championship trophy after, Serena Williams serves to Sloane Stephens in the first set of fourth-round action at the U.S. Open in New York City on September 1, 2013. "I literally should have won that match. She comes to life as Sakkari hits a short second serve and bags another return winner. Serena Williams vs Maria Sakkari all matches, with stats on their H2H rivalry. She outpaces Williams in the next rally though, and then relies on her favoured serve down the T for another ace. Records, stats best players everything in one place. But it is enough eventually, and Sakkari hits her reaching shot into the net. So it feels very nice.". We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. |, Serena Williams celebrates after winning a point in the, Serena Williams returns a ball to Roberta Vinci in the, Serena Williams attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif., on February 28, 2016. She smiles in confusion. Sakkari cannot return Williams serve next and we're at 4-2. So I can't point fingers.". Her forehand clips the net to help Sakkari win one point on Williams serve. Just. But Sakkari is running the show. Twenty-three time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams cited complacency and fatigue after she took a three-set upset loss to Maria Sakkari in the round of 16 at the Western & Southern Open. Maria Sakkari Create a head to head matchup. An error from Williams though gifts Sakkari two more set points. So much for mixing things up - that told Sakkari. Then Sakkari follows it up with a perfectly placed backhand winner. 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The American is breathing very heavily though and having to work hard for every point in a way she wasn't on serve in the second set. This is what I wake up to do. Other than an off-balance backhand finding the net - and Williams shaking her head at it for a few seconds thereafter - she holds easily to 15. She seems fine though, two unreturned serves next. Roger Federer, Serena Williams commit to 2021 Australian Open 1 month, 1 week ago Passport to RG, Day 4—Errani serves up Bertens beef; Azarenka ousted 1 month, 1 week ago EVENTS BREAKDOWN Sakkari hit her own backhand, into the net. Sakkari goes 40-15 up but then double faults. "If there are fans, then we should be able to stay elsewhere," she said. They defeated the Dutch pair of Kristie Boogert and Miriam Oremans 6-1, 6-1 in 49 minutes.Photo by Christine Chew/UPI |, Williams tosses the ball up to serve in her straight sets defeat of Patty Schnyder in day 7 action at the, Andre Agassi (L to R), Steffi Graf, Serena Williams, and Ellen DeGeneres have a laugh while on the court during Arthur Ashe Kids Day in New York City on August 26, 2006. Williams doesn't do enough with her approach shot next, and Sakkari hits a passing backhand winner. It was 5-3 and Williams didn’t dawdle, serving it out, her last stroke a superbly placed angled backhand. Read it here. She serves phenomenally to hold to 15. See Exhibit A: SPOTTED: Our favorite #girldad @alexisohanian pic.twitter.com/DpDYMHHLO7. Is this a chance for Sakkari? Sakkari went ahead 5-0 in the final set before Williams saved seven match points to stay in the contest. Her quarterfinal opponent is Tsvetana Pironkova, a Bulgarian making her first appearance in Flushing Meadows since 2016, having taken time off to give birth and raise her son. Serena Williams survives a tough battle for a 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3 triumph over No. Her closing skills are fine. Williams leaps to a return winner - she needs short rallies like this. “I’m super passionate," she said. 117mph ace to get Sakkari in the swing of things. An ace next. 21 -- jumped ahead 3-1 in the second set before Williams won the next four games. "I haven't realized it yet," Sakkari said after the match. When Williams lost to the Greek No 1 13 days ago at the Western & Southern Open, she described her growing inability to close out matches as “like dating a guy that you know sucks". It was a really intense match,” Williams said. But as the next point descends into a rally, Williams hits into the net again - and Sakkari gets another set point. She needs something here. Head To Head. Photo by Susan Knowles/UPI |, Seventh seed Williams celebrates her Woman's Single victory over first seed Martina Hingis at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships on September 11, 1999.

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