Serena Williams reveals mental challenges of facing sister Venus

Serena Williams 2018 US Open

"I'm only in my third one back", said Williams, who won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant with her daughter, Olympia.

Williams, the six-time U.S. champion and No. 17 seed, beat Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals, where she will face No. 8 Karolina Pliskova on Tuesday.

"It wasn't an easy match at all", she said.

Stephens completed a 6-3 6-3 win over 15th seed Elise Mertens to set up a quarterfinal tie with Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova. "I have taken a lot from that match and I think we are in different positions now". "I was just happy to get through it, to be honest", Williams said in a TV interview on court at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Williams withdrew prior to a fourth-round meeting with Maria Sharapova at the French Open with a shoulder injury before a scintillating run to the Wimbledon final ended with a runner-up finish to Angelique Kerber. "Coming back from having a baby is really hard".

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Serena, the number 17 seed, will face Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, who knocked out top-ranked Simona Halep in the first round.

After failing to serve out the set leading 5-2, Kanepi saved two break points in her next service game and levelled the match by winning a game packed with attractive winners from both players.

When she ripped a backhand victor to claim the third set's opening game Sunday, Williams let out her loudest shout of the day, leaning forward and rocking both arms. "He hits the ball strong and has a big serve", said the world No.1. It was a crucial moment and the 36-year-old quickly gained an advantage that she never threatened to lose.

Williams finished with 18 aces and 47 total winners.

Serena Williams vs Karolina Pliskov: Who will win? Indeed, Williams has been superb from the line so far at the US Open, and has recorded the fastest serve in the women's draw at 121 miles per hour and made an impressive 70% of her first serves.

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The Tuesday event will be a rematch of the 2016 U.S. Open semifinals, where Pliskova beat Williams in straight sets.

"I feel like it's important for women to know that it doesn't happen like in that Instagram world". So that's why I won, because I believed I had a chance. "I'm going to do it the best I can", she added.

Like Pliskova, Sevastova is through to the quarters for the third year in succession.

Kanepi was responsible for the shock defeat of world number one Simona Halep in the first round in NY and therefore, she looked a potential trouble for Serena, who is still not at her best since making a return after the birth of her daughter. "I think everything is going to happen in time".

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