Sept 3, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the USA celebrates match point against Qiang Wang of China in a quarterfinal match on day nine of the 2019 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
American tennis player Serena Williams | Picture: WTA

American tennis player Serena Williams on Wednesday defeated China’s Wang Qiang by 6-1, 6-0 to reach the US Open semi-finals.

The 23-time grand slam champion also recorded her 100th US open victory.

World number 8 dominated her Chinese opponent right from the start and didn’t allow her a way back into the tie.

This was also the shortest WTA match this year alongside Simona Halep’s third-round victory against Viktoria Kuzmova in Madrid.

Williams won 90% of her first serve points and won all five breakpoints. She also had 25 winners to her name, while Qiang failed to register a single winner.

Earlier in the tournament, Serena defeated Petra Martic despite the lingering doubts about her ankle injury.

Serena told WTA that “Physically, I’m feeling fit.”

The 37-year-old is the only one left in the women’s singles draw who has won a grand slam.

The 6-time US Open champion is hoping to win her first Grand slam title since the 2017 Australian Open when she was pregnant.

Serena last won the US Open in 2014 and lost last year’s final to Japan’s Naomi Osaka. During that match, Serena had some intense verbal exchanges with chair umpire Carlos Ramos. After Ramos docked her a game, she called him a “thief.”

Apart from last year, Serena has been a runner-up on two previous occasions.

Serena is two wins away from breaking Chris Evert’s record of 101 matches won in the US Open.

If Serena wins the US Open this weekend, she would tie Margaret Court for the record number of grand slam singles titles.

Serena will now face World no. 5, Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in the semi-finals of the US Open.

Svitolina on Tuesday defeated Great Britain’s Johanna Konta, 6-4, 6-4 to set up a tie with Serena.

 

 

 

 

 

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