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Serena Williams: I'm playing US Open for grand slam

Serena Williams’ quest for a 24th grand slam singles title at the US Open remains alive after she came from a set down to defeat Sloane Stephens in the third round. Williams’ form coming into the tournament offered little encouragement for her supporters but she has stepped up her game on the big stage so many times that it was no surprise to see her among the title favourites anyway, particularly with six of the top 10 missing. She won her first two matches in straight sets but this was always going to be a bigger test, and it was one she looked unlikely to pass in a first set that was dominated by 2017 champion Stephens.

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