(September 1, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – For a match labeled a potential epic, the match failed to live up to its billing as No. 1 Serena Williams gained a bit of revenge on No. 15 seed Sloane Stephens on Sunday when the veteran took out the youngster at the US open on Sunday 6-4, 6-1 to make the quarterfinals of the US Open.
An injured Williams lost to Stephens in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open back in January.
The 32-year-old Williams dominated her service games while for the most part the 20-year-old Stephens struggled to hold in the one and 28-minute contest.
Both women held their own until 4-4 in the first set when Williams made a run taking eight of the next nine games.
“Well, you know, going into the match I definitely wanted to be focused the whole time,” Williams said. “That’s all I wanted to do. Whether I was going to win or lose, I just wanted to play my game and do well.”
It was a story of unforced errors for Stephens who committed 29 miscues during the match.
“The whole time I just tried to do what I wanted,” Williams said. “Stay calm, stay relaxed, stay composed.”
“Obviously she’s No. 1 in the world for a reason,” Stephens said. I thought she played really well herself. Obviously it didn’t go how I wanted. The second set got away from me a little bit.
“All in all I thought I competed well and played well. That’s all you can do really.”
Williams will play 18 seed Carla Suarez Navarro who upset 8 seed Angelique Kerber 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3).