World number one Serena Williams created history on day six of the US Open as the American cruised past Sweden’s Johanna Larsson to keep hopes of a record-breaking 23rd grand slam title alive.
It only took the Wimbledon champion an hour to coolly ease past the 47th ranked Larsson 6-2 6-1 as Williams collected grand slam victory number 307 – the most by any woman in the Open era.
Next up for the American in the last 16 is Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova, who comfortably booked her place in the fourth round with a 6-2 7-5 straight sets win over China’s Zhang Shuai.
Serena’s older sister Venus Williams made no mistake as she too reached the last 16 with an easy 6-1 6-2 straight sets victory over Germany’s Laura Siegmund to set up a fourth round tie with 10th seed Karolina Pliskova, after the Czech beat Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-4.
Firth seed Simona Halep kept her dreams of a first grand slam alive as the Romanian overcame the tough challenge of Hungary’s Timea Babos to win 6-1 2-6 6-4.
France’s Carolina Garcia proved no match for fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska as the Polish player saw off the 25th seed 6-2 6-3, while Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro is also safely through with a 6-4 6-3 win over Elena Vesnina of Russia.
In men’s action, Juan Martin Del Potro continued his fine form as the former US Open champion cruised into the fourth round with a convincing victory over Spain’s David Ferrer.
The Argentine seems to be back in top form that saw him win the title at Flushing Meadows in 2009 and he sent out a warning to his rivals after overcoming a tough first set to beat 11th seed Ferrer 7-6 (7/3) 6-2 6-3.
Del Porto now faces a tough test against Austria’s rising star Dominic Thiem in the last 16, after the 23-year-old had to battle from a set down to defeat Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in four sets 1-6 6-4 6-4 7-5.
Third seed Stan Wawrinka beat Great Brtiain’s Dan Evans in the match of the day as the two-time grand slam winner saved a match point against him to edge to a 4-6 6-3 7-6 (8/6) 7-6 (10/8) 6-2 win in a five-set thriller.
There was better news for Great Britain as Andy Murray booked his spot in the fourth round but it wasn’t all easy for the world number two Paolo Lorenzi put up a brave fight against the Olympic champion, who edged out the Italian 7-6 (7/4) 5-7 6-2 6-3 to reach the last 16.
Bulgaria’s Grigor Dmitrov overcame a tough test against Portugal’s Joao Sousa to set up a fourth round clash with Murray as 22nd seed held off a Sousa comeback to also win in four sets 6-4 6-1 3-6 6-2.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori had to come from a set down to seal his progress into the next round at Flushing Meadows as the sixth seed bagged a 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 win over Nicholas Mahut of France.
Nick Kyrgios’ tournament is over as the Aussie had to pull out of his third round match while trailing to Ukraine’s Illya Marchenko, who came from a set down to lead 4-6 6-4 6-1 until Kyrgios US Open was ended due to a hip injury.