(August 31, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – In a match which ended at 1:05 in the morning, No. 1 Serena Williams beat No. 78 Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-1 to set up a fourth round match with Sloane Stephens at the US Open.
“I think it will be a good match,” Williams said. “I think she’s playing really well. I’ll have a really tough match.
“I definitely don’t feel like I’m going in there as a favorite because she’s playing great, even though I’m playing good, too. She really has nothing to lose and she excels in situations like that. So I think she’ll be really good.
“I’ll just have to see how it goes.”
“It’s definitely been a learning experience from January till now,” Stephens said. “I think I’ve had, you know, a lot of learning experiences. I’ve had a great year. I’m really pleased with the way it’s gone.
“Obviously it’s the last slam of the year. You want to do as best you can. All you can do is go out there and do your best. Obviously, that’s it: just go out and play hard, just see what happens.”
On the fallout from her interview with ESPN the Magazine, Stephens said: ”It’s definitely been a learning experience from January till now. I think I’ve had, you know, a lot of learning experiences. I’ve had a great year. I’m really pleased with the way it’s gone.
“Obviously we’re coworkers, we’re Fed Cup teammates,” Stephens said when asked about the relationship. “But other than that, everything else is private. It’s fine.”
It will be American No. 1 versus American No. 2 for a spot in the quarterfinals at stake. “It will be good,” Williams said. “I definitely look forward to it. Whatever happens, like I said, an American for sure will be in the quarterfinals, which is really good. I think American women’s tennis is doing excellent. I’m kind of excited about that. It’s really, really exciting.”
“As I always say, I think it will be epic,“ Stephens said. “I’m really looking forward to it. See what happens.”