1st set: Williams* 3-2 Sakkari Well that certainly wasn’t a straightforward hold. Sakkari rips into a 0-40 lead, whereupon she overhits a forehand, nets another forehand, fails to return a strong serve down the middle, fails to return another strong serve down the middle, and overhits another forehand. The statisticians mark two of those down as unforced errors. On Louis Armstrong De Minaur has broken in the second set and leads 7-6, 3-1.
1st set: Williams 2-2 Sakkari* Another straightforward hold. In her first two service games Sakkari has won 100% of points on second serve (two), as well as 86% on first serve.
1st set: Williams* 2-1 Sakkari Serena holds to 15, and it feels like the battle has not really started. Elsewhere Taylor Townsend and Asia Muhammad are into the semi-finals of the women’s doubles, after beating Gabriela Dabrowski and Alison Riske 6-4, 6-2.
1st set: Williams 1-1 Sakkari* There’s some vicious and pinpoint serving here from Maria Sakkari, who hits three aces on her way to holding to love.
1st set: Williams* 1-0 Sakkari There’s a minor scare at 15-30, saved with an ace, and a slog at 30-30 until a long rally ends with Sakkari netting, but Serena is on the board.
Serena is on court and warming up. We should get under way in a couple of minutes.
Alex de Minaur takes the lead against Pospisil, winning the last six points on the spin to steal the first-set tie-break 8-6!
Pospisil canters to a 6-2 lead over De Minaur in the first-set tie-break, and then wobbles: as I type it’s 6-6.
The Pospisil-De Minaur match is pretty good, if you happen to be near a broadcasting service. The Australian hit a killer backhand in the last game, and Pospisil has just taken vicious forehand revenge and gone 6-5 up in the first set. Sadly I am about to have to leave it to switch my focus to Serena Williams.
Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend have won the first set of their doubles quarter-final on Court 17, and have broken in the first game of the second.
Pospisil has just received a time violation warning for a vary marginal delay. He didn’t seem very chuffed about it, and it led to more wasted time as he grumbled.
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So there are a couple of matches ongoing, the women’s doubles quarter-final on Court 17 involving three Americans and a Canadian, and another Canadian in the fourth round of the men’s singles in Vasek Pospisil, who is seven games into his fourth-round match against the Australian Alex De Minaur and leads 4-3, on serve.
Welcome! Today Serena Williams’ quest for a 24th Grand Slam continues as she and Sofia Kenin try to join their fellow Americans Jennifer Brady and Shelby Rogers in the quarter-finals. Williams plays the No15 seed, Maria Sakkari of Greece, in the first match on Ashe while Kenin faces the No16 seed, Elise Mertens of Belgium, in the last. Elsewhere Victoria Azarenka looks to continue her resurgence since the tour resumed from the pandemic in a competition in which she has twice reached the final, losing to Serena in three sets in both 2012 and 2013. With Novak Djokovic gone from the men’s draw, the No2 seed, Dominic Thiem, and No3, Daniil Medvedev – last year’s runner-up to Rafael Nadal – have a clearer path to the title, though both are in the other half of the draw so don’t stand to make an immediate benefit. Here’s today’s order of play:
Arthur Ashe Stadium, 12pm local/5pm BST
Maria Sakkari (Greece, 15) v Serena Williams (USA, 3)
Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada, 15) v Dominic Thiem (Austria, 2)
Arthur Ashe Stadium, 7pm local/midnight BST
Frances Tiafoe (USA) v Daniil Medvedev (Russia, 3)
Elise Mertens (Belgium, 16) v Sofia Kenin (USA, 2)
Louis Armstrong Stadium, 11am local/4pm BST
Vasek Pospisil (Canada) v Alex De Minaur (Australia, 21)
Alize Cornet (France) v Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria)
Matteo Berrettini (Italy, 6) v Andrey Rublev (Russia, 10)
Not before 5pm/10pm: Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) v Karolina Muchova (Czech Republic, 20)
Court 17, 11am local/4pm BST
Women’s doubles quarter-final: Gabriela Dabrowski (Can) & Alison Riske (USA) (1) v Asia Muhammad (USA) & Taylor Townsend (USA)
Men’s doubles quarter-final: Jamie Murray (GB) & Neal Skupski (GB) v Mate Pavic (Cro) & Bruno Soares (Bra)
Not before 4pm/9pm: Men’s doubles quarter-final: Jean-Julien Rojer (Ned) & Horia Tecau (Rom) v Rohan Bopanna (Ind) & Denis Shapovalov (Can)
Women’s doubles quarter-final: Nicole Melichar (USA) & Yi Fan Xu (Chn) (3) v Hayley Carter (USA) & Luisa Stefani (Bra)
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