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She may start posting videos of the karaoke nights on her website.
“I’m a little nervous because my voice isn’t the best,” Williams said. “My performances are probably the best. I do a full routine. It’s amazing.”
So after the 20-year-old Russian dropped the opening set in a rematch Monday, she comforted herself with the thought that maybe rallying from behind was her best chance of winning.
She did just that in a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory over the seventh-seeded Italian. The youngest player left in the draw defeated the oldest as Pavlyuchenkova reached her first U.S. Open quarterfinal.
The roles were completely reversed going into the decisive set this time.
“She kind of found courage … and then everything was going well for her,” Pavlyuchenkova said of the previous meeting. “I was a little bit disappointed and I was really negative and tired. So I just couldn’t play my game. That’s why I was 5-1 down in the third very fast and easy.
“This time I won the second set, so it was the same for me. Emotionally I felt better and I felt like I could win the third set.”
The 31-year-old Schiavone carries the confidence of winning the 2010 French Open, but she was wildly inconsistent at this tournament, especially with her serve. The two players combined for 16 service breaks and 21 double-faults in 31 games in Monday’s match.
“When I play like this, I have to swallow it and just go home,” Schiavone said.
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