Serena Williams beats Wang Qiang to win 100th US Open match

Serena Williams beats Wang Qiang to win 100th US Open match

Serena Williams beats Wang Qiang to win 100th US Open match

Serena Williams had no issues with her ankle and no issues with Qiang Wang demolishing the Chinese No. 1 6-1, 6-0 to reach her 13th US Open semifinal and earn her 100th career US Open win.

While there was a clear gap in class between the 23-time major victor and Chinese opponent Wang Qiang no one who watched the plucky No.18 seed dismantle Aussie World No.1 Ash Barty in the fourth round could have conceivably expected such a one-sided contest.

The American was in devastating form from start to finish, hitting 25 winners to just ten unforced errors, and she never faced a break point, having won 19 of 21 points on her first serve (90 percent).

"I never thought that I would get to 100", Williams said on court after the match on Tuesday.

Wang produced one of the shocks of the tournament in the fourth round as she stunned second seed Ashleigh Barty to reach her first grand slam quarter-final.

Williams will face Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, whom she leads 4-1 in head-to-head, in the semi-finals.

Next up for Williams is a semifinal with Elina Svitolina, against whom she has won all but one meeting.

The match win was the 100th for Williams, 37, at the U.S. Open, trailing only the 101 posted by Chris Evert.

Now ranked No. 5 in the world, she's been on the cusp of elite status for some time. "I think it's been tough and painful losses sometimes, but I think they gave me this push, this confidence, and maybe helped me in some matches". "I've always been the person that goes out there and roars and screams and complains and cries and fights", Williams said.

"Definitely it's a big challenge to play against her".

Williams seeks her 24Grand Slam title. "Just very happy the way I handled the pressure".

Williams' performance also likely ends any lingering doubts about her ankle, which she rolled in her win in the round of 16 against Petra Martic.

The US Open is guaranteed 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. So I've to do all the pieces nicely, too.

"She is obviously a fighter", Serena said.

"She gets a lot of balls back".

Serena Williams pumps her fist after a victor against Wang Qiang. Belinda Bencic meets Donna Vekic and then at night Bianca Andreescu battles Elise Mertens.

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after winning a point against Marin Cilic, of Croatia, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in NY.

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