Tennis: Six-time champ Serena Williams battles into US Open quarter-finals

Serena Williams during her women's singles fourth round match on day seven of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sept 2, 2018, in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.
Serena Williams during her women's singles fourth round match on day seven of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sept 2, 2018, in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Six-time champion Serena Williams used a blazing start and battling finish to reach the US Open quarter-finals on Sunday (Sept 2) with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Kaia Kanepi.

Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam champion seeking a first major since a 2017 Australian Open title won when she was pregnant with her daughter Olympia, will take on Karolina Pliskova for a semi-final spot after the eighth-seeded Czech beat Australian Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-4.