Svitolina advances to US Open semis as Serena chases century

Svitolina advances to US Open semis as Serena chases century”

Serena Williams owns 23 Grand Slam singles titles, but she produced one of her more overwhelming victories Tuesday in the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

She will either play 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams or 18th seed Wang for a place in Saturday's showpiece final in NY.

"It's really unbelievable", said Williams, 38.

"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.

She has performed well on her Grand Slam appearances this year, including reaching a semi-final at the French Open and a quarter-final at Wimbledon. "I guess I wanted to move tonight", said Serena. "It's been a tough year but physically I'm feeling great and more than anything I'm just having fun when I come out here".

"There was disappointment of course when I was close but I was just taking one point at a time and tried to stay calm".

The 37-year-old American is seeking a 24th major title to match Margaret Court's longstanding record, and smacked 25 winners against first-time Slam quarterfinalist Wang, who failed to hit a single one. "The power, like, I can not handle it".

More news: Elina Svitolina halts Johanna Konta to advance into semis

"Definitely we are pushing each other I think because we are trying to join each other in the quarter-final and now the semi final... so now he has to step up his game", she added with a laugh.

Wang conceded she had no answer to the power supplied by Williams, who insisted her approach remains the same as she bids for a first Slam title since the 2017 Australian Open. She became the first Ukrainian woman to ever reach the final four at the US Open with her win on Tuesday. She was penalized a point breaking her racket in rage before losing a set for verbally abusing the chair umpire, who had intervened in what was described as illegal coaching during the game. I was very young.

For the second night running Tiger Woods was in the crowd giving plenty of vocal support to a fellow sporting legend, with the champion golfer following up his evening with Rafa with a seat in the stadium to witness more history for Serena.

Konta continued to fight, however, saving two match points on her serve, but Svitolina ended the contest in the next game when the Briton fired long. There is a lot to be proud of there.

The US Open is assured a first-time main finalist and there can be 4 totally different Grand Slam winners in a season within the Open period for an unprecedented third 12 months in a row. "There's a lot to look back and smile on".

After barely breaking a sweat in reaching the last 16, a run that included a second-round walkover, Nadal stared down his stiffest test so far to surge into a quarter-final meeting with Argentine 20th seed Diego Schwartzman.

Swiss 13th seed Belinda Bencic faces good friend Donna Vekic, the 23rd seed from Croatia, in the other last-eight clash.

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