Serena Williams beat Wang Qiang 6-1,6-0 to continue her dominance in the U.S Open. She showed so much power and strength, discharging Wang in just 44 minutes in the game on Tuesday night at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The win means Serena Williams advances to the last four, and just two wins away for yet another Grand Slam singles title, which could be her record 24th and 7th U.S Open championship.
“Didn’t give her too many chances,” Williams said after the game.
A reporter wanted to know what surprised Wang the most about being across the net from Williams for the first time.
“Power,” came the answer.
The way she hit groundstrokes from the baseline? The way she served?
“Everything,” Wang said with a smile.
“Physically, I’m feeling great,” Williams said, “and more than anything, I’m having fun every time I come out here.”
Against Wang, who was making her debut in a major quarterfinal, Williams grabbed the first five games in about 15 minutes. Then, after dropping one game, Williams collected the next 11 points to start a seven-game run the rest of the way.
She controlled pretty much every point, pretty much from the start, regardless of whether she was serving or returning. She hit the ball hard, well and true, pushing Wang around and rarely letting get into position for a proper reply. Williams was so dialed in, there weren’t all that many occasions to test her ankle, but on those rare instances when she did need to run, she appeared to be more than OK.
That’s a big reason Wang could not manage even one winner.
“Yeah, that’s a good stat for me. It’s good because I want to be able to move around the court. I move when I want to move,” Williams said. “I guess I wanted to move tonight.”
This was her 100th match win at the U.S. Open, dating to her debut in 1998 as a teen.
“From when I first started here … I never thought that I would get to 100. Didn’t even cross my mind I would still be out here,” said Williams, who turns 38 later this month. “But I love what I do.”
The American will face No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine for a berth in the final. Svitolina eliminated 16th-seeded Johanna Konta of Britain 6-4, 6-4 earlier Tuesday.
“She gets a lot of balls back. She
doesn’t make a lot of mistakes,” Williams said about Svitolina, who beat her at the 2016 Rio Olympics. “She’s one of those players that does everything really well. So I have to do everything well, too.” she said.
…Her fans will be hoping she goes all the way this time, after so much disappointment in previous Grand Slam finals.