Serena Williams

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Live Reporting

Alex Bysouth

All times stated are UK

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    Williams 4-6 2-1 Pironkova*

    Finally Williams closes out as a Pironkova backhand drifts into the tramlines.

    A big hold. It’s back on serve in the second.

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    *Williams 4-6 1-1 Pironkova

    Williams nudges her way to advantage but Pironkova sizes up a forehand and thunders it beyond the six-time champ for another deuce.

    Williams’ 10th ace hands her advantage once more, but the Bulgarian is playing some incredible tennis – a sizzling backhand down the line to level up.

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    *Williams 4-6 1-1 Pironkova

    Tsvetana Pironkova challenges a Williams ace, but it just kissed the line at 104mph. Williams leaps into a forehand on the next point but punches it wide.

    And then goes long… she’s let Pironkova back into this one. Deuce.

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    *Williams 4-6 1-1 Pironkova

    Fizzing forehand winner that leaves Pironkova swiping at thin air. Williams is finding her range.


  5. Williams breaks back

    *Williams 4-6 1-1 Pironkova

    Got it! Is this the start of the Serena revival? The 23-time Grand Slam makes Pironkova play and she can only dig a forehand into the tape. Williams breaks back immediately.

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    Williams 4-6 0-1 Pironkova*

    Great depth from Serena Williams and it forces the Bulgarian into the net.

    Break back point for the 38-year-old American…

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    Williams 4-6 0-1 Pironkova*

    Some real fury in a forehand winner from Serena Williams and she stares down Pironkova afterwards. 15-30, but a huge backhand rattles the gauze and loops out.

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    Barry Cowan

    Former British tennis player on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    Serena has been knocked off balance for large parts of the match and in that game it was by her own hesitation.

  9. Pironkova breaks

    Williams 4-6 0-1 Pironkova*

    Wayward from Williams, she can’t deal with the Bulgarian’s unorthodox, slice-heavy style and loops a forehand off target. Pironkova breaks early in the second set.

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    *Williams 4-6 0-0 Pironkova

    And now Pironkova edges to a break point…

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    *Williams 4-6 0-0 Pironkova

    Ding! Serena Williams thuds down an ace that hits something in the distance at the back of the court and chimes like a cymbal.

    But Pironkova isn’t going away. The Bulgarian hustles to 30-30.

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    Barry Cowan

    Former British tennis player on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    This set deserved to finish on a winner – and it was arguably her best shot of the match.

  13. Game and first set – Pironkova

    Williams 4-6 Pironkova

    Brilliant. Pironkova dances around the ball to take it on her backhand, almost at ankle height, and slings a superb winner beyond a stunned Williams.

    That is fantastic.


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    Williams 4-5 Pironkova*

    No hangover from that double for Pironkova, who responds with a thumping ace.

    Williams is unable to deal with another stinger, and the Bulgarian has two set points.

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    Williams 4-5 Pironkova*

    It’s Tsvetana Pironkova, in her first US Open quarter-final, to serve for the opening set on Arthur Ashe. She edges to 15-0, but then double faults…

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    Barry Cowan

    Former British tennis player on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    This has been a 9.5/10 set of tennis. It hasn’t been one Serena Williams has played particularly badly. But this is classy from Pironkova.

  17. Williams holds

    Williams 4-5 Pironkova*

    Saved again!

    Williams is showing some resilience here. More than six minutes into this service game, she flings down an ace to hold and force Pironkova to serve for the opening set.

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    *Williams 3-5 Pironkova

    Oh wow. What a wonderful lob that is. Pironkova leaves Williams stranded in the service boxes with a lovely disguise on her looping effort.

    Set point number two…

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    *Williams 3-5 Pironkova

    Close from Tsvetana Pironkova, but not close enough – the 32-year-old challenges a backhand that looked long, and it was. Just. But Serena Williams is struggling to close this out, back to deuce.

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    *Williams 3-5 Pironkova

    Wonderful point from Serena Williams. Working her opponent around the court and stepping into a big forehand winner from mid-court to stave off that set point.