US Open 2020: Serena Williams survives scare from Sloane Stephens

Serena Williams recovered from a poor begin to defeat a recreation Sloane Stephens 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 and guide her spot within the fourth spherical of the U.S. Open on Saturday.

It took time for Williams to get going at Arthur Ashe Stadium as a combination of poor timing, notably on the backhand, and incredible selection from Stephens noticed the 2017 champion take a deserved lead.

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However Williams, as soon as once more trying to stage Margaret Court docket’s total document of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, remained calm and upped the ante. By the time Williams broke for a Four-2 lead within the second, Stephens by no means appeared like recovering.

The third seed, a six-time champion in New York, received 10 of the ultimate 12 video games and may now stay up for for a fourth-round match with Maria Sakkari.

Early on, it appeared extra doubtless Williams can be getting ready her suitcase because the American nice’s timing on her groundstrokes was left wanting.

Stephens constantly stretched the play huge with Williams’ motion nowhere close to its peak and a few poor backhands arrange a double-break 5-2 lead earlier than the opening set was ruthlessly served out to like.

As has so usually been the case, although, Williams shook it off and located one other gear, triumphing in a 16-shot rally to interrupt for Four-2 earlier than the errors crept into Stephens’ recreation, which had beforehand been so clear.

Very quickly the match was stage at a set apiece because the momentum shifted wildly into Williams’ favor, and, though Stephens valiantly fought off three break factors, she made the breakthrough when her opponent went lengthy to open up a Three-1 lead within the decider.

From there it was little greater than a coaching train for Williams, who wrapped proceedings up in a single hour and 43 minutes when Stephens went lengthy from the baseline.

Williams vs. Stephens statistical breakdown

Winners/unforced errors   

Williams – 29/23
Stephens – 25/18

Aces/double faults    

Williams – 12/Three
Stephens – zero/1

Break factors received/probabilities     

Williams – Four/10
Stephens – 2/5

First serve share    

Williams – 60
Stephens – 79

Proportion of factors received on first/second serve    

Williams – 78/39
Stephens – 60/53

Complete factors    

Williams – 81
Stephens – 72

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