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Serena reaches Quarter Finals

Three-time champion and former world No. 1 Serena Williams secured a berth in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open on Monday.

The 28th-seeded American handled 16th-seeded Serb Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 6-4 on Labor Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Williams jumped out a a quick 3-0 lead in the first set before her fellow former No. 1 Ivanovic fought back to pull even at 3-all. The Serb then had a break-point chance to grab a 4-3 edge in the stanza, but the American stalwart saved it on her way to winning the last three games of the set.

The 29-year-old Williams then cruised in the second amid windy conditions on Day 8 to reach her ninth career U.S. Open quarterfinal (5-3). The 75-minute exercise came to an end when Ivanovic misfired long on one final forehand return.

Ivanovic is now 0-4 in fourth-round Grand Slam matches since capturing the 2008 French Open title.

Williams is now riding a 16-match overall winning streak, all on hardcourts, which includes titles in Stanford and Toronto.

The superstar owns 13 career Grand Slam titles, including three here in Flushing Meadows, where she was also a runner-up to her older sister Venus in 2001. Serena first tilted in New York as a 17-year-old back in 1999.

Serena will face 20-year-old Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the round of eight.

Former French Open champ Francesca Schiavone was a fourth-round upset victim Monday.

The 17th-seeded Pavlyuchenkova upended the seventh-seeded Schiavone 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Pavlyuchenkova prevailed in 2 hours, 41 minutes on her third match point by swatting a big forehand winner. The sloppy match featured 16 service breaks and 21 double faults, including 11 by the victor.

“I tried not to let her play her game, because she’s very smart and she makes me run a lot,” Pavlyuchenkova said after toppling Schiavone.

The Russian slugger will now appear in her first-ever U.S. Open quarterfinal.

The 31-year-old Schiavone outlasted Pavlyuchenkova in a French Open quarterfinal back in June. The gritty Italian was this year’s French Open runner-up and last year’s surprise titlist at Roland Garros.

Pavlyuchenkova was a titlist in Mexico earlier this season.

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