NEW YORK, NY, USA – Top-seeded Serena Williams recorded a comfortable win over Kaia Kanepi at the US Open on Monday to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal of the year.
The one statistic that would seem to favor Kanepi was that she was 5-0 in Grand Slam fourth round matches going into this one. However, she had never taken a set from Williams in three meetings, though this was the first one in almost five years. The Estonian knocked off No.24 seed Samantha Stosur and No.15 seed Carla Suárez Navarro in her last two matches, and did have one win over a reigning World No.1 under her belt, having beaten Caroline Wozniacki at Tokyo in 2011.
Williams’ 11 games surrendered through her first three matches was the best of the field.
The Turning Point
It was all square through six games when Williams seized control of the match by winning three straight games to take the first set.
Williams continued that momentum in the second set, breaking Kanepi in four of her five services games en route to a 6-3, 6-3 victory, her second straight match winning by that exact score.
By The Numbers
Williams had three more winners than errors and dropped just four points on her first serve in improving to 16-1 since Wimbledon. That ensured an American would be in the US Open quarterfinals for the 21st straight year and also put Williams in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since she won her 17th Grand Slam title here last year.
Williams takes on No.11 seed Flavia Pennetta, who was a straight set winner over Casey Dellacqua. Williams is 5-0 against Pennetta, most recently beating the Italian 6-2, 6-2 earlier this summer in Cincinnati.