She was playing so clean.
In January, following the death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant, ESPN anchor Elle Duncan recollected meeting the professional basketball player two years prior, when he spoke about how raising daughters is "the best". "I just knew it was important for me just to keep trying, just to keep going".
"Right now my results actually make me really happy because it shows that I did the right things preparing for this comeback", said Pironkova.
And after dropping the opening set, Williams feared that she was about to fall victim to a major upset again.
But six-time victor Williams overcame early nerves to fight to win 2-6 6-2 6-2 in one hour and 43 minutes to reach the fourth round.More news: United States coronavirus deaths projected to more than double to 410000 by January
It is a rematch of their meeting won last month by Sakkari at the Western & Southern Open, a hard-court tournament played at the US Open site instead of its usual home in OH because of the pandemic. "She's a great player, she's won on this court".
Williams clapped and waved at Olympia and said: "I hope she saw her mama fighting".
Djokovic had just lost a game to his opponent, Pablo Carreno Busta, to fall behind 6-5 in the first set.
The proud mom squares off Monday against Greece's Maria Sakkari, 25, who beat her last week at the Cincinnati Masters.
The reigning Australian Open champion Kenin is yet to drop a set at Flushing Meadows as she bids for her second Grand Slam title of the year, and of her career.More news: Aussies to get free UQ COVID vaccine
The number three seed Daniil Medvedev kept the American wild-card entrant J.J. Wolf on the backfoot, defeating him 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.
"Sometimes it's harder than others", she explained.
From 2-all in the second, Williams finally made inroads.
Williams, the tournament's third seed, is seeking a 24th singles Grand Slam title that would equal Margaret Court's record. But other than that, it's just [a] minus, like: I'm not with her, I'm not around her. Williams struggled with her pace, and her movement, and it meant trouble very quickly, as Stephens broke her in Game 3 of the first, Williams yanking a forehand wide to close it, then went up 3-1 with a gorgeous crosscourt forehand victor.
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Pospisil eliminated No 8 Roberto Bautista Agut 7-5, 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, and next faced another five-set victor, de Minaur, who defeated No 11 Karen Khachanov 6-4, 0-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. "If she is feeling pressure, I hope she releases it and gets to 24".