New York (AP) – Serena Williams didn’t let her compatriot Sloane Stephens stop chasing her 24th Grand Slam title.
The 38-year-old American won her match in the third round in New York against the US Open winner 2: 6, 6: 2, 6: 2 and is back in the round of 16 at Flushing Meadows. Williams used her first match point at 1:43 pm. In the last sixteen she will meet the Greek Maria Sakkari on Monday.
“It was a very intense game. I had to get the most out of myself,” said Williams after her success. In the stands, her daughter Olympia watched the match in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, which is otherwise virtually abandoned due to the very strict hygiene conditions. “I hope she saw her mother fight,” said the American.
Williams’ 104th success in New York faded into the background due to new twists in the corona case. The disqualification of number one seeded double Kristina Mladenovic / Timea Babos previously made headlines. The duo were excluded from the further course of the tournament because of the contact between the Frenchman Mladenovic and Benoit Paire, who was infected with the corona virus. The American tennis association USTA referred in its announcement on Saturday to the regulations of the health authorities of Nassau County, New York, where most of the players live.
Mladenovic is one of those who have been in contact with the player who tested positive for Covid-19 for longer, the USTA statement said. The organizer did not mention the name Paire, but the 31-year-old Frenchman had made his test result public. On Friday, Mladenovic’s fellow countryman Adrian Mannarino took on Germany’s number one Alexander Zverev for the third round.
In the men category, last year’s finalist Daniil Medvedev made the round of 16 without any problems. The Russian seeded number three took on 21-year-old American J.J. Wolf with 6: 3, 6: 3, 6: 2 to. The 24-year-old now meets the winner of the game between the American Frances Tiafoe and Marton Fucsovics from Hungary. Last year, Medvedev lost in a spectacular final in five sets to Spaniard Rafael Nadal. Nadal is not in New York this year.