The world’s top-ranked player Serena Williams overcame a sloppy start to defeat Sloane Stephens in three sets in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday.
Williams, a 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 victor over Stephens, had 20 unforced errors in the first 10 games and lost the first set in 23 minutes, but picked up her game in the second and third sets to dispatch the 40th ranked player in the world.
The 22-year-old Stephens defeated Venus Williams in the first round last week, and was trying to become the fourth player to beat both sisters in the same Grand Slam.
Williams, a 19-time Grand Slam winner, moves on to the quarterfinals to face No. 17 Sara Errani, who defeated Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-2. Williams is the last American woman left in the tournament.
Williams is a perfect 10-0 in three-set matches this year, including 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Victoria Azarenka in the third round.
Williams has only been beaten once this year, a semifinal straight set loss to Petra Kvitova at the Madrid Open.
- Scooby Axson