The 23-time Grand Slam champion has reached the US Open semifinals, overwhelming No. 18 Wang Qiang of China, 6-1, 6-Zero in 44 minutes. That ties with Simona Halep’s third-round victory in opposition to Viktoria Kuzmova in Madrid for the shortest WTA match this yr.
That is Williams’ 100th victory on the US Open. She trails simply Chris Evert, who has 101, for probably the most in US Open historical past.
“I by no means thought that I’d get to 100,” Williams mentioned in her interview on courtroom. “It did not cross my thoughts I’d nonetheless be out right here. I really like what I do. I really like popping out with you guys. It is so particular. I by no means wish to let it go.”
How lopsided was this? Williams gained 90% of her first serve factors, gained all 5 of her break level possibilities and had 25 winners to 10 unforced errors. Wang, in the meantime, did not have a single winner within the match.
“The facility, like, I can not deal with it,” Wang mentioned of Williams. “Simply an excessive amount of for me.”
Williams’ efficiency additionally possible ends any lingering doubts about her ankle, which she rolled in her win within the spherical of 16 in opposition to Petra Martic.
“Truthfully, it is good,” her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, informed ESPN earlier than Williams went on to dominate. “We did not anticipate that. She had quite a lot of remedy, and he or she’s positive. She does not really feel ache, and she will transfer. So it isn’t going to be a problem.”
Mentioned Williams: “Bodily, I am feeling nice. Greater than something, I am simply having enjoyable each time I come out right here.”
Secure to say many will consider that after seeing Tuesday’s outcomes.
Williams, seeded and ranked eighth, is the one one left within the girls’s singles draw who has gained a serious title. She’ll face No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, who’s in her second main semifinal this yr.
The 37-year-old American is making an attempt to win her first main for the reason that 2017 Australian Open, when she was pregnant. Her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, turned 2 years previous on Sunday. Ought to Williams win the US Open this weekend, she would tie Margaret Court docket for probably the most grand slam singles titles of all time.
A six-time US Open champion, Williams has been runner-up thrice, together with final yr within the closing in opposition to Naomi Osaka, when Williams clashed with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, culminating when he docked her a sport for calling him a “thief.”
Williams final gained the US Open in 2014.