Flushing Meadows, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Top seed and world No. 1 Serena Williams avenged her loss at the Australian Open when she knocked out 15th seed Sloane Stephens, 6-4, 6-1, to reach the US Open quarterfinals Sunday at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Williams cracked six aces and 22 winners while committing just 13 unforced errors to end the match in one hour and 28 minutes.
“It definitely feels like a very big match, definitely feels like something bigger,” Williams said after the victory over the No. 2 American player. “How excited are we for the future of American tennis?”
“There were times I played some really good tennis, though the second set got away from me a little bit,” said Stephens, who committed 29 unforced errors and just 15 winners. “But overall I thought I played well. She’s No.1 in the world for a reason.”
Williams will next take on 18th seed Carla Suarez Navarro, who earned her first-ever place in the US Open quarterfinals with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 win over eighth seed Angelique Kerber.
“It was difficult. I was fighting all the time, and I’m very happy to be in the next round against Serena Williams,” Suarez Navarro said. “I don’t know if the crowd will be with me. I hope.”
On the men’s side, defending champion and third seed Andy Murray knocked out Florian Mayer, 7-6(2), 6-2, 6-2, to seal a fourth-round clash with Denis Istomin, who downed 20th seed Andreas Seppi, 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 3-6, 6-1.
“Technically he’s very sound,” said Murray of Istomin. “He’s a good player. He hits the ball very flat. He served extremely well today, I think, in his match. I saw some of the stats at the end.”
Top seed Novak Djokovic also reached the fourth round after beating Joao Sousa, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2. He will take on Marcel Granollers, who defeated Tim Smyczek, 6-4, 4-6, 0-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Fifth seed Tomas Berdych will play ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the US Open fourth round after beating 31st seed Julien Benneteau, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2, in one hour and 53 minutes.
Wawrinka, who also reached the Roland Garros quarterfinal and Australian Open fourth round, defeated Marcos Baghdatis, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(1), 7-6(7).
Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt defeated Russian Evgeny Donskoy, 6-3, 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-1, to advance against either Mikhail Youzhny or Tommy Haas.