Williams needs 44 minutes to reach US Open SF; Federer out

Williams needs 44 minutes to reach US Open SF; Federer out

The win gave Serena her 100th win at the US Open, making her just the second player ever (after Chris Evert) to reach that milestone.

The numbers associated with Serena Williams' U.S. Open quarterfinal victory over Wang Qiang were so stark, they bear reading a few times.

"I never thought that I would get to 100", Williams said after the match, reflecting on the two decades she's spent playing at Flushing Meadows. "I do feel that was the probably the best I felt her play against me".

Svitolina rifled a backhand victor on break point for a 4-3 lead in the second set, celebrating with an emphatic fist pump in front of the crowd that included her French boyfriend Gael Monfils, who plays his quarter-final on Wednesday. Serena certainly loves what she does, which is why she can get up match after match, year after year, and produce displays like these.

"Honestly, it's good", her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, told ESPN before Williams went on to dominate. On Tuesday afternoon, in front of a relatively sparse crowd on Arthur Ashe, the 24-year-old set up a semifinal showdown with Serena Williams with a dominant 6-4, 6-4 victory over Johanna Konta.


When asked about Williams she said: "Definitely it is a big challenge to play against her". "The power, I can not handle it".

The American didn't get much resistance from her opponent - dropping just one game as Wang failed to hit a single victor.

Berrettini, the 24th seed, eased to a 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) win over Russia's 43rd-ranked Andrey Rublev to reach the last eight at a Grand Slam for the first time.

Williams will next face Elina Svitolina in the semi-finals, and on this evidence the Ukrainian will need to produce the performance of her life to deny the American a place in her 33rd grand slam singles final. "It was a very, very tough match ..." We were both striking the ball well. It was quite even. "Mentally I'm handling the pressure points better".

Now ranked No. 5 in the world, she's been on the cusp of elite status for some time.


Svitolina, seeded fifth, expects Williams, seeded eighth, to push her in every aspect. The loss kept Konta from becoming the first British woman to reach the semifinals of all four Grand Slams in the Open Era. Obviously, Serena is unbelievable champion.

She said about her upcoming competitor: "She's had a great year", said Williams.

Williams, the lone former Grand Slam champion remaining in the draw, has defeated Svitolina in four of five previous meetings, although the latter won their most recent encounter at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

"She played so well, to be honest".

She also praised the progress made in women's tennis over her career, calling it the "premier sport for women".


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