Serena struggles but lucky to advance at US Open

WORLD NUMBER ONE Serena Williams shook off a woeful start to advance her quest for tennis history in the third round of the US Open, as reported by PTI.

Williams, trying to complete the first calendar Grand Slam singles sweep since Steffi Graf in 1988, defeated 110th-ranked Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 at Arthur Ashe Stadium despite 34 unforced errors and 10 double faults. 

"I just kept fighting for each point, not for a lot but just one at a time,"

Williams said on Wednesday. 

"I had been pretty relaxed. Today I was a little tight. I think it showed. Hopefully I can get back to where I was before."

The 33-year-old American, trying to match Graf's Open Era record of 22 career Slam singles titles and win an Open Era-record seventh US Open crown, improved to 50-2 on the year and sustained her march toward history. 

Three-time defending champion Williams, the oldest women's Slam winner, completed her second "Serena Slam" of four major wins in a row by winning the Wimbledon crown in July. 

Williams broke back to level at 5-5 in the first set but double faulted four times in the 11th game before holding, then fell behind 4-0 in the tie-break before rallying largely on Bertens' unforced errors. 

"It definitely doesn't worry me, being down a lot,"

Williams said.

"I know I can make a comeback, make a run for it." 

But her form was so shocking that Williams ran to the practice courts to work on serves after the match. 

Next up for Williams will be fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who beat compatriot CoCo Vandeweghe 6-2, 6-1. 

"I'll have to play a little better if I want to win,"

Williams said. 

The IPTL family appreciated her win and also stated her match in stats on their Twitter page:

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