Serena Williams has been crusing through the U.S. Open and on Friday night she advanced to the fourth round after beating 78th-ranked Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-1. The match didn’t end until 1:05 a.m. Saturday.
“I’m so excited you guys stayed out for the late-night rendezvous. Thank you, guys, for staying,” Williams told the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd. “I don’t think I’ve ever played this late.”
Williams has only lost eight games throughout her six sets of play this week. She only faced one break point in the tourmament so far and she killed it with one of her six aces on the next play.
Williams will face a tough opponent in Sloane Stephens in the fourth round on Sunday.
“I definitely look forward to it, Williams said. “Whatever happens … an American for sure will be in the quarterfinals, which is really good.”
Stephens also added that she’s ready to play Williams.
“As I always say, I think it will be epic,” Stephens said. “I’m really looking forward to it. See what happens.”
Stephens is one of the only three women who beat Williams this year.