Second row: * Pironkova 6-4, 3-4 Williams
Williams drops to love-15 and 15-30, but delivers his way to avoiding trouble again because Pironkova doesn’t get the ball back in play the rest of the way.
Second set: Pironkova 6-4, 3-3 Williams *
Pironkova desperately needed a straight game of service and that was what she did, bouncing off four quick points after misfiring a forehand volley for the love-15. They serve the second.
Second row: * Pironkova 6-4, 2-3 Williams
Williams’ breeze through his third set service game, closing love with a 99mph wide ace and an 88mph second service.
Second set: Pironkova 6-4, 2-2 Williams *
Pironkova feels pressure in her service for the second straight game of service, pushed to reduce and save a break point before escaping handling. Williams became neutral at baseline rallies more effectively than the first set, when Pironkova won all five exchanges of nine or more shots.
Second row: * Pironkova 6-4, 1-2 Williams
Williams was forced to hint and work for a touchdown in a 12-point game, but the American was helped hard again by his service: he only beat his ninth, 10th and 11th aces of the day. . He’s also starting to deepen the ball on the court in rallies, denying Pironkova the time and space he enjoys in the first set.
Break Williams in the second game of the second set!
Second set: Pironkova 6-4, 1-1 Williams *
Pironkova blinked in her first game of service in the second set, falling behind love-15, then 15-30, then 30-40 to give Williams her first look at a break point all day. And Williams changed that when Pironkova misfires on a forehand from the baseline, returning immediately.
Pironkova breaks in the first game of the second set!
Second place: * Pironkova 6-4, 1-0 Williams
Williams crushed his eighth for 15-all after dropping the opening score, then pushing to 30-all after Pironkova made the most of a backhand-to-backhand exchange from the baseline. Pironkova then hit a backhand winner for the break point … and the underdog changed it when Williams mistaken a forehand for his 13th unintentional error of the day. The upset alert was on as Williams descended a row and rested.
Pironkova wins the first set, 6-4!
First row: Pironkova 6-4 Williams
Serving 15-love and three points from the set, Pironkova chose a difficult time for her first double offense today. But he responded well, going 110mph ace, service winner and backhand winner to close the set. Williams will have to go far if he hopes to maintain his quest for a recorded 24th major life title.
First row: * Pironkova 5-4 Williams
Unintentional mistakes begin to creep into Williams ’game at an inappropriate time. He was pushed to 30-all then do a couple of them in the back row. Pironkova won the next point with a sharp backhand from the baseline for the set point, but Williams saved it with a forehand winner on an open court. He follows a service winner but another unintended error from baseline to the next point returns it to minimize. Pironkova then puts a winner of the highlight-reel lob for a second set point, but wasted it on a super-cooked forehand. From there Williams held, closing it with a 103mph ace down the middle. Pironkova will serve for the first row after the change.
First row: Pironkova 5-3 Williams *
Pironkova falls behind the love-15 and is pushed into second service in the 30-all, but she is comfortable holding on from there, holding the handle with a 109mph ace across. Williams will now serve to stay in the first set.
First row: * Pironkova 4-3 Williams
Williams dearly loved, closing the handle to his eighth winner (against five unintentional mistakes). The American service maintains its float so far with 10 of 13 first-point wins (77%), but it will need to improve its percentage on first delivery (54%), especially if Pironkova maintains that level. ito.
First row: Pironkova 4-2 Williams *
Pironkova racing through another service game. He only lost two of his 14 points in his serve. Williams seeks to avoid backhand-to-backhand exchanges by playing heavy in front of his opponent, but Pironvoka’s movement and point-building have almost thwarted the tactic so far.
Pironkova missed the fifth game of the first set!
First row: * Pironkova 3-2 Williams
Pironkova gets her tooth in a service game at Williams, which removed a front winner from the baseline for a 30-all. Williams then mixed up his first double offense to give Pironkova his first break-point opportunity of the day. The American saved it with a 104mph ace down the middle, but an unrestrained backhand error at the next point gives Pironkova a second look at a break. This time he converts, beating a backhand winner in line from a step inside the baseline to get an early break.
First row: Pironkova 2-2 Williams *
A promising start for Pironkova, who loves. Williams, who never got a ball in the game again, had trouble reading the Bulgarian delivery, winning eight nine points on his racket.
First row: Pironkova 1-1 Williams *
Surprisingly Pironkova opens an ace: 108mph down the middle. He follows a forehand winner from the baseline to organize a 15-shot rally, then a service winner for 40-love. Pironkova gave Williams a forehand error, but grabbed the next point with a pass that won the forehand while Williams was scorching.
First column: * Pironkova 0-1 Williams (* indicates next server)
Williams served to start the fight and quickly lose the mark, following a service winner with back-to-back aces: 108mph wide and 115mph down the middle. Pironkova finally got a ball back into play and on the board with a drop shot / lob combo winner, then pushed it to 40-30 when Williams made a mistake in a forehand. But Williams responded to his third ace to close the handle on his game of opening the service.
Players emerged from the tunnel to Arthur Ashe Stadium for today’s first quarter-final. Williams was undefeated in four previous meetings with Pironkova along with a couple of straight-set wins in their two hard-court fights. Another straightforward outcome would be for the benefit of the Americans who were given a quick spin before the women’s semi-finals tomorrow.
Hello and welcome to Arthur Ashe Stadium for the twing of twing Wednesday. A couple of quarter-final matches are on the menu with Serena Williams facing Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, followed by an all-Russian clash betwen Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev.
The opener today is a match between two of the nine mothers in this year’s draw. Williams’ third seed, who missed more than a year after having a daughter in 2017, will continue her quest for a record-tying 24th major title against unelected Pironkova, playing her first tournament after three years of stopping where she gave birth to a son. The winner will advance to a semi-final matchup on Thursday against either No. 16 Elise Mertens or unnamed Victoria Azarenka, who will face the 7 pm local time.
Bryan is coming soon, Kevin Mitchell is temporarily here in Serena Williams’ campaign:
No one in tennis suffers for her art like Serena Williams – except for her one-time double partner, Andy Murray. In the Women’s Tour, no one retreats in his or her own world so completely under pressure, external and self-imposed, to come out like a butterfly from a chrysalis and fly for free.
As long as he stays in battle this week in Flushing Meadows, the greatest player of his generation will be more introspective, irible, monosyllabic and explosive in chasing a 24th grand slam title. If she won the last point of the contest to move next to Margaret Court after almost three fruitless seasons, she would smile, thank the absent majority and release the anxiety that held her so worried in her first set win over Sloane Stephens on Saturday
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