In the battle of the American ladies, Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens locked horns to set up the third-round encounter at the US Open 2020. Arthur Ashe Stadium wasn’t fully packed as usual to witness the blockbuster match between the two home-favorites, nevertheless tennis fans would have enjoyed every bit of the match by witnessing the action on their television screens.
Stephens made a dictating start in the opening set and did not give any chances to Serena to win some points. She simply played some clean tennis and made no mistakes. After losing the opening set, Williams found her grooves to make a way in the match and an undaunted Serena pulled off the third round match 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Post her tantalizing triumph Williams reflected on the emotions gushing through her while swinging her racquets on the premier court of the US. “It was intense, I have to say. We always have some incredible matches,” she said on the court.
“It brings out the best in my fitness when I play Sloane. In that first set, I don’t think she made any errors. I was saying: ‘I don’t want to lose in straight sets. Get a game, get a game.’ I love a crowd but I’m so intense, this is how I am in practice.”
Serena Williams on the most important fan in the crowd
Olympia closely watching mom get the win? @serenawilliams calls 🧢 😂 ❤️
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 5, 2020
Up next Williams gears up for a tough battle against Greece’s Maria Sakkari. Serena lost to the 15th seed Sakkari a few days ago during the Cincinnati Open in three sets. This time the 23-time Grand Slam will be prepared to avenge her previous loss from Sakkari.
On the other courts of WTA Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova took out 18th seed Donna Vekic in straight sets and booked her fourth-round spot.
The Bulgarian is making her return to tennis after three long years and the hiatus also included the birth of her son Alexander. The mother and tennis player Pironkova is yet to drop a set at US Open 2020, continuing her dream comeback she’ll face the victor of Madison Keys vs Alizé Cornet in the fourth round.