Serena Williams advances to U.S. Open quarterfinals after beating Ivanovic
Though the 20 mph wind on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court made aiming the ball difficult, the 28th-seeded Serena Williams defeated Serbia’s 16th-seeded Ana Ivanovic, a former No. 1 and Grand Slam title-winner, to advance to the U.S. Open quarterfinals.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Williams went on a five-game run which allowed her to regain the upper hand in a 6-3, 6-4 victory on Monday. Williams had nine aces and one double fault while Ivanovic had three aces and eight double faults.
“Oh, man, it was crazy, I just didn’t even go for winners at some points,” said Williams after the match. “I was just trying to get it over because it was so windy. It just kind of swirls down there.
The Deseret News reports that this is Williams first time back in a major quarterfinal since she won the Wimbledon championship in 2010. Injuries and medical issues then kept her off the tour for nearly a year. This period of downtime dragged Williams’s ranking down to 175. Though she recently raised her ranking with consecutive hard-court titles at Stanford and Toronto, she is still only seeded at 28th.
Williams’s next opponent is Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova who is currently ranked at No. 17.