Serena, Stephens reach US Open quarter-finals

NEW YORK: Six-time champion Serena Williams survived a lively test from unseeded Kaia Kanepi to victory 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday and reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion looked set to frolic home when she grabbed the first set from Kanepi in only 18 minutes.

Be that as it may, the hard-hitting Estonian, who took out world number one Simona Halep in the first round, settled down in the second set, shaking off the fanatic swarm in a stuck Arthur Ashe Stadium to push Williams whatever is left of the way.