Published: Wed, September 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ruthless Serena earns 100th US Open win to reach semi-finals

Ruthless Serena earns 100th US Open win to reach semi-finals

She couldn't have guessed, when she made her debut here in 1998, that she'd someday win 100 matches, or that she'd win the singles championship here six times and win 23 Grand Slam event singles titles, one short of Margaret Court's record.

A six-time US Open champion, Williams has been runner-up three times, including a year ago in the final against Naomi Osaka, when Williams clashed with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, culminating when he docked her a game for calling him a "thief".

She trails just Chris Evert, who has 101, for the most in US Open history. From when I first started here, I think I was 16, I didn't think I would ever get to 100.

"Well, I think I have to run a lot, like all other matches", Svitolina said. 'I didn't give her too many probabilities within the match. "I think she's really great player".

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

Williams held Qiang to just 15 total points won in the match, too, barely letting her gain any momentum whatsoever.

"It's not easy to play against her", Wang said.

"The power, I can not handle it".

This is Williams' 100th victory at the US Open. "It was a very, very tough match ..." We were both striking the ball well. "It was quite even", Svitolina said.

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'The power, like, I can not handle it. We are looking forward for this match between these two tennis players, because it has to be really cool.

Svitolina had already knocked out two-time former champion Venus Williams and 2017 runner-up Madison Keys and is in a class of her own as the only Ukrainian woman to reach this stage at a major.

Svitolina, seeded fifth, expects Williams, seeded eighth, to push her in every aspect. Medvedev lost the men's 1999 Roland Garros final in five sets to Andre Agassi.

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. "Probably it's going to be really tough against her", Svitolina said.

The Ukranian's sturdy baseline attack wore down the 16th-seeded Konta, who made 35 unforced errors, 22 more than her opponent.

"She played so well, to be honest".

"I'm feeling good", she added. There is a lot to be proud of there. 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.

The other two women's quarterfinals are scheduled for Wednesday, with 13th-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland opposing 23rd-seeded Donna Vekic of Croatia, and 15th-seeded Bianca Andreescu of Canada facing 25th-seeded Elise Mertens of Belgium.

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