Serena Williams rolls ankle, advances to quarterfinals | News Coverage from USA

Serena Williams rolls ankle, advances to quarterfinals

Serena Williams rolled her right ankle Sunday in the Round of 16 at the US Open, but she persisted and moved on to the quarterfinals in straight sets.

Williams toppled Petra Martic, 6-3, 6-4, under the open roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium in one hour and 31 minutes. This is Williams’ 16th appearance in the US Open quarterfinals.

Williams appeared to tweak her ankle in the middle of the match, but her play didn’t suffer. Williams eventually wore a brace to provide more stability on the ankle, but she remained aggressive and charged the net as needed.

“I just rolled it,” Williams told ESPN after the match. “I don’t know why. I was volleying and it just went over. That was a little frustrating, but I just wanted to get it compressed really fast and that’s what I did.”

Williams took a medical timeout and received treatment on the ankle.

Still, Martic initially didn’t test Williams’ sensitive ankle, rarely using drop shots to make Williams run more. That changed with Martic down 40-love and down 4 games to 2 in the second set. Martic battled back and eventually hit a drop shot that changed the tempo and gave her enough momentum to eventually take the game.

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Still, Williams persevered and remained poised. She closed the match out with one of her three aces. Williams outpaced Martic in winners 37 to 11. Williams, though, did have seven more unforced errors than Martic.

Williams said it “affected me a little mentally because I had a rough year with injuries.”

Williams will now face Qiang Wang in the quarterfinals match. Wang defeated No. 2 Ashleigh Barty on Sunday, 6-2, 6-2.

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