Monday, 23 September, 2019


US Open Day 11: Serena Williams advances to final with commanding win

Bianca Andreescu Beats Elise Mertens To advance To U.S. Open Semifinals Elina Svitolina v Serena Williams US Open Tennis Winner Odds & Prediction
Noah Ferguson | 06 September, 2019, 04:10

Bencic, 22, and 19-year-old Andreescu, both competing in their first major semi-final, meet for the right to face Williams later in Thursday's night session in NY.

Serena is through to her 33rd Grand Slam final (the second-best result of all time) following a one-sided 6-3, 6-1 victory over the 5th seed Elina Svitolina in 70 minutes, moving into the tenth US Open final and catching Chris Evert with 101 triumphs in NY. She became the second player to reach the 100 mark for singles at that major; Chris Evert holds the record with 101. Like her 6-1 6-0 demolition job over Qiang Wang in the quarter-finals (yes, the quarter-finals) which took less than three-quarters of an hour to complete.

"I'm trying to work on my staying emotionally calm in the matches, but I have no trouble focusing after being angry a little bit", she said.

Monfils would merely clap quietly, calmly awaiting the next point. "I expect a lot from myself which - yes, to answer your question". Just too much for me. The closest were Stan Wawrinka and Donna Vekic, who both qualified for the tournament in 2018.

Svitolina awaits the victor between six-time champion Serena Williams and first-time quarterfinalist Wang Qiang Wang on Thursday.

Securing spots in the men's singles semifinals are Grigor Dimitrov, Daniil Medvedev, Matteo Berrettini, and Rafael Nadal.

The No. 3-seeded Federer joined defending champion and No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic on the sideline less than two months after their epic five-set Wimbledon final. I think that's why we tennis players play.

"Now he needs to step his game up", Svitolina said with a laugh after her match. The Ukrainian advanced on Tuesday with a straight-sets victory over Johanna Konta to reach her second Grand Slam semifinal this year. She is confident heading into the biggest match of her career, according to her coach Sylvain Bruneau.

Elina Svitolina is the next obstacle for Williams and is expected to present a stern examination, with her counter puncher game style a real challenge to the very best.

"She always looked at (those matches) like an opportunity and she was never on her heels from it", Bruneau said.

"The emotions I have when I play here are impossible to describe".

"24 is the number she is most interested in".

In all, Williams struck a spellbinding 33 winners to just 20 unforced errors, hitting six aces and dropping just four points behind her first serve.

She doesn't make a lot of mistakes", said Williams "She's one of those players that does everything really well.

Andreescu has already won titles at Indian Wells and Toronto this season, and is 42-4 overall. "It's not easy to play against her", Wang said.

"It's really unbelievable. From when I first started here, I think I was 16, I didn't think I would ever get to 100". Svitolina is in her second Grand Slam semi after seeing off Jo Konta. Just really devastated about that doubles loss.

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