Serena Williams again reaches US Open quarter-finals, but is shocked by 15th seed Maria Sakkari at Flushing Meadows
- Serena Williams was challenged in her fourth-round draw against Maria Sakkari
- The number three seed took the first set 6-3 against her Greek opponent
- Sakkari improved in the second set which she took in a thrilling tiebreak
- Williams then took the third set 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals again
Serena Williams reached the quarter-finals of the US Open again on Monday with a three-set victory over Maria Sakkari.
Chasing her coveted 24th Grand Slam title of her career, the US No. 3 seed won the first set 6-3 at Flushing Meadows against the tough 15th seed from Greece.
Sakkari improved after that setback and leveled the game via a tiebreaker, despite rejecting two set point opportunities earlier in the set.
Serena Williams again reached the quarterfinals of the US Open with a win over Maria Sakkari
But Williams won 6-3 in the deciding set to advance the six-time champion to the quarter-finals.
Williams takes on the winner of Alize Cornet and the Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in the last eight.
More to follow.
Sakkari (above) struggled in the opening set, losing 6-3 to the American champion
Williams wants to win the 24th Grand Slam of her successful career to date
The Greek 15th seed improved in the second set, which she claimed in the tiebreaker
But Williams won 6-3 in the deciding set to throw off Sakkari’s challenge after more than 2 hours