U.S. Open: Serena rolls to 308th win; Venus edged late

Serena Williams rolled to her 308th career Grand Slam win to become the all-time leader in Slam match wins ahead of Roger Federer. She defeated Yaroslava Shvedova, 6-2, 6-3, on Monday afternoon to advance to the quarterfinals.

It was the fourth meeting between Serena Williams and Shvedova with Williams coming out on top each time. She made quick work of her opponent in the first set, jumping to a 4-1 lead and not relinquishing that lead.

Shvedova kept it closer in the second set though, keeping it even early on at 2-2. But that was as close as she would get as Serena Williams rattled off wins in the next three games to make it 5-2. Shvedova looked for a final surge but ultimately fell, 6-3.

Serena Williams will face fifth seeded Simona Halep in the last eight.

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Venus Williams was also  in action Monday afternoon at the U.S. Open. She was edged out in a tiebreaker and fell to Karolina Pliskova. Pliskova earned the win after dropping the first set, 4-6. She rebounded though to win the second set 6-4 and forced a decisive third set.

During that third set, Pliskova broke Venus Williams’ serve to win her second game of the set and went up 2-1. Despite going down 4-3, the American climbed back to even the set before going ahead, 5-4.

Pliskova edged ahead, 6-5, and looked for the set-clinching game. Venus Williams didn’t back down though and leveled the set 6-6. There was drama near the end as Venus Williams returned a shot that appeared to be out of bounds. She challenged the play, but the ruling went in favor of Pliskova who advanced to her first U.S. Open quarterfinal.

She will face the winner of Monday’s late match between Agnieszka Radwanska and Ana Konjuh.

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In doubles action, Czech players Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova defeated countrywomen Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5. In the final match of the day Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova edged out Nicole Gibbs and Nao Hibino, 6-4, 7-5. With that, the doubles field is set for the quarterfinals.

Carolina Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic will face Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova. Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina will take on Andreja Klepac and Katarina Screbotnik in the final eight.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova will face off against American duo Asia Muhammed and Taylor Townsend. The final quarterfinal match pits Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova against CoCo Vandeweghe and Martina Hingis.

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