Serena outlasts Stephens

Jun 1, 2015 6:11 PM by NBC News

Serena Williams valiantly speaking French in an on-court interview can only mean one thing: The No. 1 has won again at Roland Garros.

A strange fourth-round match from the 19-time Grand Slam champion. She looked curiously flat at times against Sloane Stephens but still fought back from a switched-off first set to win 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Stephens threw everything at Williams, literally. In the eighth game of the third set, she tossed her racket at a ball that fizzed past her forehand.

But it is Williams, not Stephens, who will be the only U.S. woman in the quarterfinals.

"Very difficult," Williams told the crowd on Court Philippe Chatrier. "Experience helped me."

"Merci beaucoup."

© 2015 The Associated Press.


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