Serena Williams reaches 100th US Open win as she closes on record-matching 24th Grand Slam title

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Serena Williams reached 100th win at the US Open on Tuesday with a 44-minute victory over Wang Qiang, in pursuit of her record-tying 24th Grand Slam title.
Williams achieved 6-1, 6-0 win over Chinese 18th seed Wang in a complete mismatch, which was the quickest match at this year’s tournament. The American six-time US Open champion will meet Ukrainian trailblazer Elina Svitolina at the semi-finals semi-final.
The 37-year-old American is seeking a 24th Grand Slam title to match Margaret Court’s record. The former world number one smacked 25 winners against first-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist Wang, who could not hit a single one.
Wang, trying to become the fourth Chinese to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam, won only four points in the second set and 15 in total.
Williams captured her last major title at 2017 Australian Open while pregnant and has failed to win the US Open since 2014.
Meanwhile, fifth seed Svitolina overcame Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-4 to become the first Ukrainian player to reach the US Open semi-finals, equalling her run to the semi-finals at Wimbledon this year.
Before the match, Svitolina had already knocked out two-time former US Open champion Venus Williams and 2017 runner-up Madison Keys and remains the only Ukrainian woman to reach this stage at a major.
She also will attempt to follow Andrei Medvedev as the second Ukrainian to play in a Grand Slam final. Medvedev lost the men’s 1999 French Open final to Andre Agassi.
Williams, the only former Grand Slam champion remaining in the draw, has defeated the Ukrainian in four of five previous meetings, although the won their most recent encounter at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.
Konta, defeated third seed and 2016 runner-up Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals, was denied the chance to be the first British woman to reach the US Open last four since Jo Durie in 1983.
The US Open is certain to have a first-time major finalist, and there will be four different Grand Slam winners in a season in the Open era for an unprecedented third year in a row.

Author: Cossy

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