Former world number one American tennis player Serena Williams made a strong comeback after trailing and defeated former champion Sloane Stephens to advance to the fourth round of the US Open tennis tournament.
Serena was in danger of dropping out of the Grand Slam tournament early after her US Open debut 22 years ago, but the former six-time champion won 10 games out of the final 12 to beat fellow American player Stephens 2-6, 6 Defeated -2, 6-2 and showed a way out of the flushing mids.
Serena’s three-year-old daughter Olympia was also present in the audience during the match on Saturday. Olympia, sitting on her father’s lap wearing a mask, waved her hand towards her mother after victory. Serena also returned to the locker room and waved her hand at her daughter. In the next round, Serena will face Maria Sakari of Greece, who defeated American 19-year-old Amanda Anisimova 6-3, 6-1.
Famous for his strong service, Serena made 12 aces during this period. The 2017 US Open champion Stephens, who suffered a sixth defeat in seven matches against Serena, was facing a one-time loss to Serena, but came back strongly to win the final 12 to 10 games.
Bopanna-Shapovalov pair in quarter finals
The experienced Indian pair of Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Denis Shapovalov defeated sixth seeded Kevin Kravitz and Andreas Mies in a tough match to make it to the men’s doubles quarterfinals. The unseeded pair of Hindustan and Canada returned after losing the first set in this second round match on Saturday, defeating the German pair 4-6 6-4 6-3 in an hour and 47 minutes.
Bopanna and Shapovalov will take on the pair of Jean-Julian Roger and Horia Tekau in the quarter-finals. After the exit of Sumit Nagal and Divij Sharan, Bopanna is the only Indian player left in the tournament. Sumit Nagal was defeated in the second round of singles against Austrian second seed and world number three Dominic Theme, while Divij and his Serbia partner Nikola Kesich were defeated in the first round of the men’s doubles. Wesley suffered defeat against the eighth seeded pair of Coolhoff.
In other bouts of the day, 16th seed Alice Mertens, 20th seed Caroline Mukova and Svetana Pironkova also qualified for the fourth round. Svetana upset the 18th seed Donna Wekich 6-4, 6-1. In the men’s category, 2019 runner-up Denil Medvedev and sixth seed Matriya Beretani, who made the semi-finals a year ago, won. Number 10 player André Rublov, 15th seed Felix Agar Elisim, 21st seed Alex de Minor and Wasek Pospisil also entered the fourth round. Pospisil defeated eighth seed Roberto Batista Agut 7-5 2-6 4-6 6-3 6-2. He will next take on De Minore, who defeated 11th seed Karen Khachanov 6-4, 0-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Sakkari defeated Anisimova
Maria Sakkari reached the fourth round in the second consecutive Grand Slam, defeating Amanda Anisimova of America 6-3, 6-1 within 55 minutes. The 22nd seeded Anisimova made 28 spontaneous mistakes and placed four winners. The 15th seed Sakkari made eight mistakes. They will now face Serena Williams or Sloane Stephens.