Serena Williams to face Sloane Stephens after third round win

Serena Williams beat Russian Yaroslava Shvedova in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the fourth round of the 2013 U.S. Open late last night.

Although it started at midnight, Williams was as hot as ever, whipping up 119 mph serves in a quick 74-minute match as she continues to rage through this year’s Open.

“I don’t think I’ve ever played this late so it’s a really good surprise,” Williams said after the match, reports The Daily Mail.

Shvedova is no slouch, currently ranked 78 in the world, but with this loss she has exited three straight Grand Slam events in the second round, according to BleacherReport.com.

Meanwhile, Williams was 60-4 this season, and is now defending her U.S. Open title from last year.

Up next for Williams in the fourth round is one of the three women to beat her this year – young phenom Sloane Stephens, who earlier in the day beat fellow American Jamie Hampton 6-1, 6-3. Many predict that Stephens is the heiress to the Williams dynasty.

“It’s going to be tough, Sloane is playing so well,” Williams said when asked about the match. “Regardless there’s definitely going to be one American in the quarters and I’m really excited about that and proud of Sloane. It will be a really good match.”

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