Venus Williams of the United States (R) shakes hands after defeating Maria Sakkari of Greece during their third round match on Day Five of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. AFP pic

NEW YORK: Venus Williams continued her U.S. Open campaign when the American beat Greek Maria Sakkari 6-3 6-4 on Friday to advance to the fourth round.

Roared on by the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd, Williams, who won her two titles at Flushing Meadows in 2000 and 2001, overcame serve problems to set up a meeting with gritty Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.

The 37-tear-old managed the only break in the opening set to take control of the match.

After a couple of exchanges of breaks in the second, Williams stole her opponent’s serve again to close it out on the first match point when Sakkari’s forehand sailed long.

“I’m playing at home, I’ve got a lot to accomplish here, and I’m happy to get the win,” she said.

Speaking about her fourth-round opponent, she said : “She plays a similar game to my opponent today. She’s feisty. I know I have to come out, play well, have you all (the crowd) behind me and get a win.” — REUTERS

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