New York: Serena Williams was compelled to dig deep to safe a Four-6 6-Three 6-2 US Open quarter-final victory over unseeded Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova on Wednesday, retaining alive her newest bid for a record-tying 24th grand slam singles title.
Williams, a six-times champion in New York, struggled with Pironkova’s slice forehand early and was liable to her earliest US Open exit in 14 years till she used her expertise to discover a method again towards a resurgent Pironkova.
“I am completely happy to be standing right here … as a result of at one level I used to be fairly near not being right here,” Williams stated in the course of the on-court winner’s interview. “I maintain combating and that is one factor that I’m tremendous enthusiastic about is I by no means surrender.”
For Pironkova, who dropped to Zero-5 in profession head-to-head conferences with Williams, the loss marked the top of a shock New York run given this was her first skilled match since Wimbledon in 2017.