(New York) For an 18e consecutive year, Serena Williams reached the round of 16 of the US Open.
She managed the feat by defeating Czech Karolina Muchova 6-3, 6-2 in 74 minutes in the third round of the competition.
Williams, the eighth-ranked racquet in the world, scored five breaks on eight occasions, while Great's one-of-a-kind breakaway (out of five) broke through the 44e rank. The American, who turns 38 in September, also had the upper hand on winning shots, 20 against 17, and direct fouls, 15 against 22.
In the round of 16, the one who won 23 titles in Grand Slam tournaments will be opposed to the Croatian Petra Martic. The 22e seeded right of Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova, ranked 12e, 6-4, 6-3.
In the other matches, the third seed Karolina Pliskova ignored a run in the second set to win 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 at the expense of Ons Jabeur.
After Jabeur had asked for a healer after the first run, she regained her grip and Pliskova was overcome with frustration, even smashing her racket on the ground, which resulted in a formal warning from the official.
Jabeur, a Tunisian who was trying to become the first Arab to reach the fourth round of a major tournament, however missed pace in the final round. Although she scored 49 winners in that match, she also committed 43 unforced errors, including 17 in the third set.
Pliskova will be opposed in the round of 16 to the Briton Johanna Konta. The 16e seeded Shuai Zhang ranked 33e, 6-2, 6-3.
The second world racket, the Australian Ashleigh Barty, also reached the round of 16 when she showed the exit to the Greek ranked 30e Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-3. Barty expects the winner of the match between Qian Wang (18e) and Fiona Ferro.