There was lots of joy to her fans as Serena Williams kept alive her hopes of a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title with a 4-6 6-3 6-2 win over Tsvetana Pironkova. The six-time American champion struggled early on with the variety of shots from the unranked player who was in her first tournament in three years but later came from behind to victory.
Williams paid tribute to the Bulgarian for reaching the last eight in her first tournament since 2017. “It shows me how tough mums are,” the former champion said. “Whenever you can birth a baby, honestly you can do anything. We saw that today, she played unbelievable. Defeat brought an end to the fairytale return for the player from Plovdiv, who following a shoulder injury in 2017 decided to start a family and take time out from the sport.
Source: BBC Sport