US Open: Serena Williams to face Sloane Stephens after beating Yaroslava Shvedova
Serena Williams crushed Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3 6-1 to set up a fourth-round clash with fellow American Sloane Stephens.
Last Updated: 01/09/13 10:30am
The Kazakh competed well but found Williams too strong when it really mattered as the top seed and defending champions completed the win in an hour and 14 minutes.
Williams was always in control after breaking serve for the first time to go 3-2 up in the opening set and although it was plain sailing from there, Lleyton Hewitt's five-set win over Juan Martin del Potro in the previous match meant it was after 1am when she clinched the win.
It will be the second time Williams and Stephens have met at a grand slam, with their previous meeting at this year's Australian Open resulting in Stephens claiming a shock win.
Williams had been described as a mentor to 20-year-old Stephens, but the world No 16 debunked that in an interview a couple of months later.
Stephens criticised Williams for snubbing her in the wake of that match, but cleared the air with her countrywoman and the two have been complimentary of each other since.
Williams said: "It's going to be tough, Sloane is playing so well. I'm always so happy for her.
"Regardless there's definitely going to be one American in the quarters and I'm really excited about that and proud of Sloane. It will be a really good match."
Asked what she learned from the fallout from the interview, Stephens said: "Stay true to yourself, and that's all you can do. A lot of lessons learned. I don't regret anything and I'm happy where I'm at right now."
The 20-year-old added of Williams: "I love her. She's a great competitor, one of the best players to ever play the game.
"I just love how she's so competitive. She's going to bring it to you every single time. I love her fight. It's just nice to get out there and watch her."
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