Serena Williams and Ashleigh Barty among increasingly strong line-up for US Open last 16
The US Open women’s singles promises to be a tightly fought affair after Serena Williams, Ashleigh Barty, Johanna Konta, and Madison Keys all impressed on Friday.
Williams was in particularly powerful form, requiring just 74 minutes to beat Karolina Muchova 6-3, 6-2.
The 37-year-old is battling for her 24th Grand Slam title, and she believes she is a contender in New York.
“Like I said on the court, I don’t know how I would grade my performance. Just gotta keep playing and believing,” Serena said.
World number two Barty also impressed, taking out Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-3.
“I think overall today there were parts of the match I was really happy with,” Barty said.
“I feel like a few of the things that I’ve been lacking over the last month kind of came together a little bit today.
“I felt like I served a lot better, controlled the ball off the first strike more often than not. In the bigger moments, I felt like there was some better stuff there.”
Madison Keys, meanwhile, overcame illness to beat her Fed Cup teammate Sofia Kenin 6-3, 7-5.
She will now face an intriguing match-up with Elina Svitolina, who beat Dayana Yastremska 6-2, 6-0.
Karolina Pliskova also advanced, beating Ons Jabeur 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, and she may need to be at her best to advance any further, with next opponent Johanna konta in particularly impress form in her 6-2, 6-3 win over Shuai Zhang.
Heather Watson ends her quarter-final drought with win in Thailand – ‘It was just survival of the fittest’
Heather Watson will now face Chinese seventh seed Xinyu Wang.
Toni Nadal shares thoughts on fans’ hostility toward Novak Djokovic as well as Rafael Nadal’s future
Toni Nadal on why Novak Djokovic has so many detractors.
Stunning LTA numbers confirm tennis participation is booming in Britain
New figures have revealed that there has been a 47 per-cent increase in tennis participation in clubs and parks across Britain.
Aryna Sabalenka’s 2023 tennis schedule: Where is she competing next and her season so far…
A look at Aryna Sabalenka’s possible tournaments for the 2023 season.
Serena Williams welcomes Tom Brady to ‘retirement world again’ as she opens up about her final match ‘regret’
“Sad to see you go,” Serena Williams told Tom Brady.
Elina Svitolina urges IOC to ‘stick to banning Russian and Belarusian athletes’ for Paris 2024 Olympics
Elina Svitolina wants a united front when it comes to sanctions imposed against Russia and Belarus.
Marion Bartoli latest to criticise Elena Rybakina’s coach Stefano Vukov – ‘I just can’t take that any more’
Marion Bartoli basing her opinion on Elena Rybakina’s coach Stefano Vukov on incidents she witnessed herself.
Australian Open viewing figures need context amid Novak Djokovic snipes
TV viewing figures for Australian Open may appear to be disappointing, yet raw figures only reveal part of the story.
Nick Kyrgios on crutches as his manager gives fitness update
Everyone is “really, really pleased” with Nick Kyrgios’ recovery.
Iga Swiatek’s 2023 tennis schedule: Where is she competing next and her season so far…
A look at Iga Swiatek’s possible tournaments for the 2023 season.