Monday, 19 November, 2018

Serena Williams On Colin Kaepernick: ‘Every African American Should Be Grateful’

Colin Kaepernick puts his fist in the air as fans applaud for him during the Serena and Venus Williams match Modal Trigger Colin Kaepernick puts his fist in the air as fans applaud for him during the Serena and Venus Williams match. UPI
Tamara Craig | 03 September, 2018, 20:40

The six-time champion used a blazing start and battling finish to reach the US Open quarter-finals with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Kaia Kanepi.

Williams defeated her sister Venus in the third round of the 2018 U.S. Open on Friday, winning 6-1, 6-2.

"That's why I won, because I believed I had a chance".

After her match, Williams met with the two former football players and said she's honored and that they "are doing so much more for the greater good".

Williams took control of the final set with a break for a 2-0 lead, her 18 aces and 47 total winners proving enough in the end to put her through.

But the hard-hitting Estonian, who took out world number one Simona Halep in the first round, settled down in the second set, shaking off the partisan crowd in a jammed Arthur Ashe Stadium to push Williams the rest of the way. A seventh win here would break her tie with Chris Evert for the Open Era record, and her 24th slam title would pull her even with Margaret Court's all-time record.

Williams, who has often viewed her media obligations with drudgery, has so far delighted in sharing details of motherhood, from giving birth and dealing with post-pregnancy complications like blood clots, to the simple joys of playing and spending time with her daughter.

"She got there for a reason, she has a lot of strong parts to her game", Williams said.

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"It'll be wonderful to win a grand slam while having a daughter but it's a lot of work".

"But in the real world, it takes a while for your body to come back. I'm just going to try to keep building on that and keep going". In the third, however, the American regrouped and pounded a great return that earned a wide response and brought her 2-0 up.

Then in July, Williams was runner-up at Wimbledon to German Angelique Kerber. "I heard that's an bad thing to do".

"Never, never, never. I'm the type of person, if the ball goes over my head, I'm like, 'whatever, ' in practice", she said.

Defending champion Sloane Stephens eased into the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Elise Mertens.

He next will face the victor of Sunday night's match between third-seeded Juan Martin del Potro - the 2009 Open champ - and 20th-seeded Borna Coric.

"Right now is not the time", she said. In an interview with Time Magazine this month, Serena spoke out in support of Kaepernick who hasn't played in the NFL since end of the 2016 season, the same year he began kneeling during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality.

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