Serena Williams enjoyed a routine straight-sets win over Ana Ivanovic at the US
Open on Monday. Williams, now odds-on for a fourth Flushing Meadows crown of her career, continued her march through the draw with a 6-3 6-4 victory in New York. She will now face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for a place in the semi-finals.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova moved into her second Grand Slam quarter-final of the season on Monday by knocking seventh seed Francesca Schiavone out of the US Open. The Russian came from a set down to win the pair’s fourth-round clash 5-7 6-3 6-4. The Arthur Ashe Stadium was not treated to a classic, neither player was at her best as they racked up almost 100 unforced errors between them. Both also had double-fault counts in double figures. In addition, there were no fewer than 16 service breaks in the 31 games. The final set brought the best tennis of the match and after Pavlyuchenkova had squandered an early 2-0 lead, she finally struck the decisive blow with Schiavone serving to stay in the match at 4-5. The Russian blew two match points but it proved third time lucky as she drilled a perfect forehand down the line to clinch victory in two hours and 41 minutes. Pavlyuchenkova, who also made the last eight of the French Open earlier in the year, will next face title favourite Serena Williams.