Hello and welcome to Arthur Ashe Stadium for Wednesday’s daytime twinbill. A pair of quarter-final matches are on the menu with Serena Williams facing Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova, followed by an all-Russian clash betwen Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev.
Today’s opener is a matchup between two of the nine mothers in this year’s draw. The third-seeded Williams, who missed more than a year after having a daughter in 2017, will continue her quest for a record-tying 24th major title against the unseeded Pironkova, who is playing her first tournament after a three-year hiatus where she gave birth to a son. The winner advances to a semi-final matchup on Thursday against either No 16 Elise Mertens or unseeded Victoria Azarenka, who face off at 7pm local time.
Bryan will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s Kevin Mitchell on Serena Williams’s campaign:
Nobody in tennis suffers for her art like Serena Williams – except maybe her one-time doubles partner, Andy Murray. On the women’s Tour, nobody retreats into her own world so completely under pressure, external and self-induced, to then emerge like a butterfly from a chrysalis and fly free.
For as long as she stays in the fight this week at Flushing Meadows, the greatest player of her generation will become more introspective, irascible, monosyllabic and explosive in pursuit of a 24th grand slam title. If she wins the final point of the tournament to move alongside Margaret Court after nearly three fruitless seasons, she will smile, thank the absent crowd and let go of the anxiety that gripped her so worryingly in the first set of her win over Sloane Stephens on Saturday.
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