Serena Williams beats Kanepi, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 to reach US Open quarters

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Serena Williams reacts during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Kaia Kanepi, of Estonia, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams started fast and finished strong to reach the quarterfinals by beating Kaia Kanepi 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.

Serena beats Kanepi, reaches US Open quarters
Serena Williams returns a shot to Kaia Kanepi, of Estonia, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Williams, seeded 17th, won the first set in just 18 minutes. She quickly seized control again after dropping the second, racing to a 3-0 lead in the final set.

The six-time U.S. Open champion, who missed the tournament last year and gave birth to her daughter during it, advanced to face 2016 finalist and No. 8 seed Karolina Pliskova.

Kanepi, the 44th-ranked Estonian who knocked out top-ranked Simona Halep, was trying to make her second straight U.S. Open quarterfinal.

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