Serena Williams Praises Kaepernick for Starting Anthem Protests

Serena Williams praises Kaepernick for seeking ‘the greater good’ in anthem protests | TheHill

Serena Williams praises Kaepernick for seeking ‘the greater good’ in anthem protests | TheHill

Williams, seeded 17th, has been in fine form at Flushing Meadows, dropping her first set of the tournament before recovering to win 6-0 4-6 6-3 against Estonia's Kaia Kanepi on Sunday.

"I think society puts it out there that you'll just kind of snap back and that's just a myth", she said.

However, it was Williams' lightning fast start that sent fans into a spin on social media - the American seizing the first set from Kanepi in just 18 minutes.

Sevastova, in the quarters for a third straight year, is hoping to turn the tables on Stephens, who is trying to become the first woman to win back-to-back US Open titles since Williams won three straight in 2012, 2013 and 2014. "It was one or two points that made a huge difference in that second set".

The American struck 17 winners and controlled play from the baseline, ran relentlessly to extend the points, dominated in the longer rallies and was also helped by her opponent's struggles on serve.

But first Stephens has to play Sevastova, the same woman she defeated in three sets in the quarterfinals past year.

"She still hasn't played many tournaments yet, but her level is there".

"In the real world, it takes a while for your body to come back".

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

"I know she has a big game, but I have a big game, too", Pliskova said after her 6-4, 6-4 win over Australian Ash Barty on Sunday.

No sign of sympathy came from the Arthur Ashe Stadium stands for the Estonian during the first set while the 23-time Slam champion moved to the tenth consecutive quarter-final here, losing the first set of her campaign.

When Serena Williams competed against her sister Venus Williams at the 2018 U.S. Open on Friday, she had some special fans in the stands: former San Francisco 49ers teammates Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, who are known for spearheading protests in the National Football League against police brutality and racial inequality.

"Yeah", she said. "[Her serve] today, it was unreturnable". But after squandering a 2-1 lead in sets, the 11th seed dominated the fifth set to beat 25th-seeded Milos Raonic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

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

Thiem prevented a rematch of last year's U.S. Open final by eliminating 2017 runner-up and No. 5 seed Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (2). I think what I have improved most is my fitness.

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