Serena Williams destroys Wang Qiang in 44 minutes, 6-1, 6-0 to reach US Open semifinals

Heather Tucker, USA TODAY
Published 8:15 p.m. ET Sept. 3, 2019 | Updated 9:45 p.m. ET Sept. 3, 2019CLOSE
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USA TODAYSerena Williams easily advanced to the semifinals of the US Open with a dominating victory over Wang Qiang on Tuesday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium.And she did it in front of another world-class athlete, Tiger Woods, who was back for a second night after watching Rafael Nadal on Monday.Williams, the No. 8 seed, defeated No. 18 seed Qiang, a two-time winner on the WTA Tour, 6-1, 6-0 in just 44 minutes for her 100th career singles win in the season’s last Grand Slam tournament. The 37-year-old looked as if she was playing for the title, with every part of her game firing. She broke Qiang, whom she hadn’t played before, on her first service game, a harbinger of the rest of the match.Williams advances to play Elina Svitlonia, the fifth-seeded Ukranian who knocked off No. 16 seed Johanna Konta of Great Britan, on Thursday.”She’s had a great year. … I have to be able to come out again and play really well. I’m ready and happy and enjoying every moment,” Williams said in a televised interview after the match.Qiang, playing in Arthur Ashe Stadium for the first time, finally broke through in the sixth game, holding serve when Williams’ forehand lob went long. But Williams won the set on serve, when Qiang couldn’t handle a backhand cross.The destruction continued in the second set, when Williams staked a quick 4-0 lead on two breaks. Williams notched 25 winners to Qiang’s 0 and outpaced her in points 50-15.Williams had both ankles heavily taped, and her right, which she rolled in her fourth-round match, also had a brace. Her footwork didn’t seem affected. She did adjust her right shoe after going up 3-0 in the second set. Williams is pursuing the Grand Slam singles titles record. She has won 23 majors, six at the Open, which she last won in 2014. Margaret Court holds the all-time mark with 24.Williams last won a Slam at the 2017 Australian Open. She announced she was pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia, now 2, three months later.Follow Heather Tucker on Twitter @HeatherR_TuckerAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide

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