The top-seeded Williams, who lost in the fourth round of the
FOR THE RECORD:
U.S. Open tennis: In the Sept. 2 Sports section, an article on Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic advancing to the quarterfinal round of the U.S. Open was inadvertently placed under Bill Dwyre's byline. The article was actually a combination of Associated Press stories. Dwyre's column can be found at latimes.com/ dwyre-usopen. —
"I finally made a quarterfinal this year!" Williams said in her on-court interview, raising her hands to the cheers of the crowd in
That drive to do it this year was bad news for the 50th-ranked Kanepi. Williams won 12 straight points on her serve to start the match, a streak that included five of her eight aces.
Williams next plays 11th-seeded
Pennetta, who reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open last year, said she needed to do her best with the tools she has to have a chance against the No. 1-ranked Williams, who holds 17 Grand Slam titles.
"You cannot invent something. I mean, you just have to play your tennis," Pennetta said. "Of course, she's better than me, but if I still believe I can beat her, maybe if she doesn't have a good day, I can do that."
The last time Djokovic was eliminated before the quarterfinals at a major was a third-round loss to Kohlschreiber at the 2009 French Open.
Next up for the Serb, who reached the U.S. Open final each of the last four years, will be a match against 2012 U.S. Open champion
Unlike the men's side, which entered Monday with only one major upset, No. 4
Earlier Monday, the No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan rolled on in their quest for a 100th career title with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over U.S. countrymen Bradley Klahn and Tim Smyczek. The Bryans, who have won a record 15 Grand Slam tournament titles, have yet to drop a set on their road to the quarterfinals.