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US Open Notebook: Serena In The Quarters

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Serena Williams seemed very pleased after her 6-3 6-4 win over the no. 16 seed Ana Ivanovic. But during her post game press conference, something else made her smile.

Her karaoke room.

“We sing our hearts out,” she said. “We’ve sung till 8:00 in the morning. I was like, Oh, my God, the sun’s coming out. I look out and see the sun. We keep singing and singing and singing and singing. It’s magical.”

And what does the aspiring karaoke artist sing?

“Everything,” she said. “I’m big into the ’80s and ’90s. Sometimes I’ll start raping some of the latest songs. Just depends what’s out. My favorite thing to karaoke is definitely Rihanna. She is my favorite artist to karaoke.”

Williams plays No. 17 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the Quarterfinals later this week.

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On paper No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic didn’t seem to have to much trouble with No. 22 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2, but the first set tieback was the feature of the match where Djokovic held off his opponent 16-14.

“I think he wore me out in the first points and I was a bit tired. When I was serving for it 4-1, I got an unlucky call,” Dolgopolov said. “I was leading in points and attacking. One unlucky call and then it turned around and it was a tough tieback for me.

“I was trying to play steady because I say he wasn’t comfortable with the rhythm. I wore myself out as well for the match. I mean, it was a really tough tieback.

Djokovic will play no 20 seed Janko Tipsarevic in the quarterfinals.

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With rain expected tomorrow at the US Open, the rest of the week could become very busy. Americans John Isner, Andy Roddick and Donald Young all go for the quarterfinals tomorrow or whenever play resumes.


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