NEW YORK: World number one Serena Williams a wretched start Wednesday shook to advance their search for the history of tennis, while Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal joined her in the third round of US Open .
Williams, trying to complete the first calendar Grand Slam sweep since Steffi Graf in 1988, defeated 110th-ranked qualifier Dutch Kiki Bertens 7-6 (5/7), 6-3 in the Arthur Ashe stadium despite 34 unforced errors and 10 double fouls. I kept fighting for every point, not a lot, but only one at a time,” Williams said. I was quite relaxed. I was a little tight today. I think it showed. I hope to get back to where I was before.”
The 33-year-old American, trying to equal the record of the Open Era Graf 22 career Slam and win a seventh US Open crown Open-era record, improved to 50-2 on the year with victory in game Slam 30 in a row and held his march toward history.
Spanish eighth seed Nadal, 14 times Grand Slam champion, ousted Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 06.07 (7.5), 6-3, 7-5 for his 750th victory in the match race circuit, while top-ranked Djokovic stayed in a last eight collision course with Nadal sending Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.
The defending champion Australia Open and Wimbledon, whose only title of US Open came in 2011, won 14 of the last 17 games.
“From that 4-all times, I played very well,” said Djokovic.
Three-time defending champion Williams completed his second “Serena Slam” of four major victories in a row by winning the Wimbledon title in July, becoming the oldest winner Slam.
Williams broke back to level at 5-5 in the first set but a double fault four times in the game 11 before the celebration, then fell behind 4-0 in the tiebreak before recovering largely unforced errors Bertens’.