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Sherman Parsons
September 3, 2018

"That desire has not gone down at all and I don't think it was capable of going up, because if it was at a 10, I felt I was at a 15 or a 20 and I'm still there", said Williams of her will to win.

"I think society puts it out there that you'll just kind of snap back and that's just a myth", she said.

Williams, who has often viewed her media obligations with drudgery, has so far delighted in sharing details of motherhood, from giving birth and dealing with post-pregnancy complications like blood clots, to the simple joys of playing and spending time with her daughter.

"The 14 winners and two unforced errors was unreal, considering how big she was hitting the ball", former world number six Chanda Rubin told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

Winning the US Open for a seventh time would see her level Australian Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 majors. She gained confidence and missed a couple of break points to open the second set, as she managed to change pace and rhythm properly using her classical sliced backhand.

When she ripped a backhand victor to claim the third set's opening game on Sunday, Williams let out her loudest shout of the day, leaning forward and rocking both arms.

Serena Williams equalled her most-lopsided victory ever in 30 professional meetings with sister Venus, beating her 6-1, 6-2 in the third round. "Coming back from having a baby is really hard".

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The six-time champion's serve got her out of trouble, however, as she served up 18 aces to break her opponent's resistance. "I'm going to continue to grind and see what happens".

But she responded impressively to win 6-0 4-6 6-3 and set up a last-eight clash with eighth seed Karolina Pliskova, the last player to beat her at Flushing Meadows in the semi-finals two years ago.

She held onto her advantage until 4-2 and then broke Williams again with a brilliant game. "I just feel like I'm handling those situations much better". Serena Williams said she was focused on the match and did not notice the pair in the stands.

Serena Williams has left US Open viewers scrambling for superlatives after pulling off an incredible feat in her round of 16 victory on Monday.

"She got there for a reason, she has a lot of strong parts to her game", Williams said.

The other quarterfinal on the top half of the draw will be defending champion Sloane Stephens of the USA against No. 19 Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in a rematch from the same round previous year. As noted by Yahoo, the two previously faced off at the U.S. Open, where the Czech player defeated the Compton native 2-6, 6-7 in the 2016 semifinals.

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