Serena: 'Every Human' Should Be 'Grateful' for Colin Kaepernick

Serena: 'Every Human' Should Be 'Grateful' for Colin Kaepernick

Serena: 'Every Human' Should Be 'Grateful' for Colin Kaepernick

As in the first, Williams broke early on and although Kanepi kept within touching distance, the home favourite powered her way into the final eight.

Two days after Serena Williams defeated sister Venus Williams in a U.S. Open showdown, she hit 18 aces and beat Kaia Kanepi 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals for the 15th time.

Williams looked set for a romp when she seized the first set from Kanepi in just 18 minutes.

This will be Thiem's first quarterfinal at a major other than the French Open and his first match against Nadal on a surface other than red clay.

Serena was completely on fire while the Estonian won a mere six points as the American clinched the ninth straight set against her in 18 minutes.

(CNN)Serena Williams insists her desire to win is "still incredibly high" after becoming a mom as she came through a tough test against the hard-hitting Kaia Kanepi to progress to the quarterfinals of the US Open. "It was one or two points that made a huge difference in that second set".

"It'll be wonderful to win a grand slam while having a daughter but it's a lot of work".

It was the first set she had taken off the American in five meetings.

When Williams shanked a backhand return of a 103 mph serve, the match was a little more than an hour old, and it was all tied at a set apiece. I'm thinking about playing tennis and enjoying this time with Olympia. "That's what I would like to do if she's there this time, too".

She continued: 'For the first time, I finally understand the concept of self-love and self-care.

Facing Pliskova, who reached the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ash Barty on Sunday, should provide Williams a good measure of where she stands.

Williams next gets former No. 1 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, the last woman to beat her at the U.S. Open, in the semifinals in 2016.

She said she believes new mothers should be more prepared for the fact that it can take time to recover from childbirth.

The other quarterfinal on the top half of the draw will be defending champion Sloane Stephens of the US against No. 19 Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in a rematch from the same round a year ago.

Kanepi, a former World No.15 who reached the US Open quarterfinals in 2010 and a year ago, fired 22 winners to 18 unforced errors in the match. "I just feel like I'm handling those situations much better".

"Just like I always say: Get your racket on it. Make a play on the ball". But after squandering a 2-1 lead in sets, the 11th seed dominated the fifth set to beat 25th-seeded Milos Raonic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

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