Serena Williams took the chance to close against Sloane Stephens and so she did.
For a 40-minute stretch in the fourth round of the US Open, the top two American women impressed many YouWager fans.
Both players hit serves topping 115 mph, whipped groundstrokes to the corners and both covered a lot of ground, extending points with leg-churning defense.
Williams and Stephens knew just how important this match was, in part because the 15th-seeded Stephens already was one of only three players to beat No. 1 Williams this season.
Williams, a 4 time US Open champion, is still as good as it gets and the 20-year-old Stephens’ time at the top of tennis is still to come. Taking eight of the last nine games, the 31 year-old Williams returned to the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows by beating Stephens 6-4, 6-1.
The Michigan native advanced to play No. 18 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, who defeated No. 8 Angelique Kerber of Germany 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3). When Williams was asked whether there’s any chance of a letdown after getting past Stephens, she replied: “Absolutely not. I mean, I’ve been at this for a long time, so for me in my career, there are no letdowns.”
In yesterday’s other fourth-round women’s matches, No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska lost 6-4, 6-4 to No. 24 Ekaterina Makarova, and 2011 French Open champion Li Na eliminated 2008 U.S. Open runner-up Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 6-0.