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Serena Williams calmly walked to the side after statement-making forehand return

03 September 2018

A year and a day after the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia, she was even more dominant in the first set against Kanepi, taking just 18 minutes to inflict a bagel on her opponent.

"That was the most important thing for me to improve, was to be fit and be able to stay and play long matches", she said.

Whether Serena adds a 24th Grand Slam title remains to be seen. Although she didn't know they were at the match as she played (ultimately defeating Venus), she candidly shared her support of the football players' protests during a post-match news conference.

Overall, the 23-time major champion struck 46 winners - with 18 aces - to advance to the last eight of the US Open for the 15th time in her career.

After dismissing her sister in the previous rounds for the loss of just three games, Venus described it as the best her sibling had played against her in thirty matches.

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"In the real world, it takes a while for your body to come back".

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Next comes a quarterfinal against 2016 runner-up Karolina Pliskova, who beat Williams in the US Open semifinals that year. She was already a favorite, if not the favorite, to win the tournament after reaching the Wimbledon final in July, though she lost two of three matches during the hard-court swing before the U.S. Open.

Williams also greeted Reid's niece after the match.

This isn't the first time Williams has spoken out against police brutality: Back in 2016, she wrote a lengthy Facebook post in which she reflected on how she became nervous when she spotted a police auto while her 18-year-old nephew was driving.

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The American dropped a set for the first time in the tournament as Kanepi - a two-time quarter-finalist in these parts - bounced back from a horrific start.

Elsewhere, defending champion Sloane Stephens eased through with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Belgian Elise Mertens.

She said she believes new mothers should be more prepared for the fact that it can take time to recover from childbirth. So I have some weapons, too.

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

"Never, never, never. I'm the type of person, if the ball goes over my head, I'm like, 'whatever, ' in practice", she said. Nadal leads the series 7-3.

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Serena Williams calmly walked to the side after statement-making forehand return