Serena Williams suffered a worrying injury scare as she overcame Petra Martic to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open for the 16th time. In the victory, Martic won 67 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points.
So effective was McNally, who has tried to model parts of her game after Swiss great Roger Federer, that at one point in the match Williams screamed at her racquet "why are you missing?". "She had absolutely nothing to lose and she played like it".
She said: "The toughest thing right now is being away from my daughter". Williams said to McNally in the locker room after their match was finished, according to USA Today Sports.
"I didn't think who was on the other side of the net as much".
"It's not the first time I'm facing this kind of adversity or challenge". I don't know how I would grade my performance.
She had the chance to break again at 4-2 but would finally do it when the score was 5-3 to take the set and match.
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It has been a hard year for Williams with countless injuries and setbacks. "Had her close in the second set, too".
Williams will find out her next opponent on Thursday. I don't get to play players like that too often. "I made so many errors in the first two sets. I'll do better. I promise".
By the final set, the 37-year-old was in full flow.
Six-time US Open champion and now world ranked No. 8 Serena Williams has advanced to the third round of the 2019 US Open. The same night, McNally got her first victory in the main draw of a Grand Slam after receiving wild cards into the tournament for singles and doubles, where she will team with fellow teenage star Coco Gauff. I played really well, served really solid. "And I feel like my mind is just - I don't feel inspired". It's just a matter of cleaning up the unforced errors and getting the first serve in play at a high percentage. Unsurprisingly, it has provided ample motivation. "I think she just overall played really well".
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However, Djokovic upped the intensity to dominate the second-set decider and encountered few problems from then on.