US Open: Serena Williams heads for the round of 16


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Serena Williams offered herself a ticket for the fourth round of the US Open without much fanfare as she beat Karolina Muchova 6-3, 6-2 in 1: 13 minutes on Friday.

"I put a lot of intensity, which is good," commented the American No. 8 world.

The woman who was in the hot afternoon sun at Flushing Meadows still preferred this schedule because she could now go back to her apartment to find her child.

Williams scored five breaks in eight chances against a single (out of five break points) for Muchova, who was 44th. 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 next round, the American will face Petra Martic.

Barty qualified for the 8th

World No. 2 Ashleigh Barty qualified for the round of 16 on Friday by eliminating Greece's Maria Sakkari (29) 7-5, 6-3.

Barty is still a place in the second week

In the next round, the Australian who can take the world's throne to Naomi Osaka at the end of the tournament, will face the Chinese Qiang Wang (18th) or the French Fiona Ferro (74th).

Barty, this year's winner at Roland-Garros, had already reached the round of 16 of the US Open last year, his best result to date in this tournament.

Pliskova struggles against an injured

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, 3rd qualifier, qualified for the round of 16 of the US Open by beating Tunisia's Ons Jabeur (62), suffering a knee injury, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 .

"She played a lot better from the 2nd set and scored incredible points," said Pliskova of his opponent to explain his own difficulties.

The Czech looking for a first Grand Slam title will face Britain's Johanna Konta (16th) or China's Shuai Zhang (34th) for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Pliskova, 2016 finalist and who could become World No.1 after the tournament, seemed to have to make a bite of his opponent who showed early in the game signs of strong pain from his right knee.

After a first round of one-sided loop in 26 minutes, Jabeur even brought the doctor to be put a compress before starting the second set.

On eggs in the first games of the second round, the Tunisian gave up her serve and was led 2-0. But then she regained confidence and, taking advantage of the torpor in which seemed to have fallen Pliskova, the Tunisian won the second set.

Awake, Pliskova then raised his level of play and quickly took the service of his opponent at the beginning of the 3rd set. Stunned by Jabeur's winning shots, Pliskova then folded, folded, nearly lost her faceoff, but she maintained her advantage to complete the match.

"I had to serve well to get by and especially to save broken balls," she said.

Pliskova hardly, but advance

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