'Unreturnable': Mom Serena Williams is building steam at US Open

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A day after celebrating her daughter Alexis Olympia's first birthday, Williams had a little celebration for herself on Sunday, securing a place in the U.S. Open quarter-finals with a topsy-turvy 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 win over Estonia's Kaia Kanepi, to leave her on track for a record equaling 24th career Grand Slam.

As one favourite after another has staggered out of this US Open, Serena Williams has looked resolute and indomitable in pursuit of a seventh title - until she encountered someone who hits the ball as hard as she does, Kaia Kanepi, who nearly derailed her campaign on Sunday.

Kanepi, the conqueror of top-seed Simona Halep in Round One, won just six points in the opening six games as a red-hot Williams fired winners at will. As noted by Yahoo, the two previously faced off at the U.S. Open, where the Czech player defeated the Compton native 2-6, 6-7 in the 2016 semifinals. "In fact, she doesn't do a lot of things bad", Williams said.

The 36-year-old dropped her first set at the tournament in NY but came through to beat Estonia's Kanepi 6-0 4-6 6-3 in 86 minutes. A forehand cross-court victor drew applause from the 23-time grand slam singles champion before Kanepi left her opponent helpless again with a forehand down the line.

In Williams's previous match against her sister, the 36-year-old displayed a kind of mental toughness tennis fans hadn't yet seen since Williams returned to the tour after giving birth - the U.S. Open is just her seventh event back.

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The actress, 33, put on a loved-up display with her beau, as he leaned over to give her a kiss on the cheek as they watched the action unfold on the court at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color", Kaepernick told the NFL Media in 2016. In the third, however, the American regrouped and pounded a great return that earned a wide response and brought her 2-0 up. I'm only in my third one back.

She then reached the Wimbledon final in July but lost to Germany's Angelique Kerber.

Defending champion Sloane Stephens eased into the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Elise Mertens.

"I have obviously thought of having more kids, and it will happen, God willing, in time", she said. "I heard that's an terrible thing to do". I think it makes it unnatural. "Nobody was expecting me to get that far", Pliskova said after beating No. 18 Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-4.

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