Sep 2, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the United States serves against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia (not pictured) in the fourth round on day seven of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
She can also avoid her first year since 2011 without a Grand Slam title. Since then, Williams has continued drawing attention to police brutality as a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement-and used her own platform to start and continue important conversations. Although she didn't know they were at the match as she played (ultimately defeating Venus), she candidly shared her support of the football players' protests during a post-match news conference.
And the American warned her rivals that her fitness has improved since reaching the Wimbledon final in July.
One would not have expected Kanepi, the 33 year-old world number 44 to prove insurmountable. She faced just one break point, which she saved.
However, the unseeded Estonian - herself a notably aggressive player - rallied superbly to force a decider and Williams had to work hard to regain control before she eventually triumphed 6-0 4-6 6-3 and set up a last-eight meeting with Karolina Pliskova.
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Kanepi hits a heavy ball and began serving with more confidence, moving ahead to 5-2.
Williams took the first set against Kanepi in just 18 minutes.
After breaking serve at the first time of asking in the third Williams let out a sustained, primal scream, urging herself onwards. "He's fired. He's fired!'" Trump said at a rally in Alabama past year.
Williams heads into the second week at Flushing Meadows tracking two milestones: A seventh US Open title would see her break out of a tie with Chris Evert for the Open Era record and also equal Australian Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 major titles.
A lot has to happen if a rematch against Williams - which was due to happen at the French Open before injury intervened - is to happen, but Sharapova is the only Grand Slam victor left in the bottom half.