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Serena shows ruthless side to reach last four


Serena Williams
Serena Williams

By Andy Sims

Fast and furious Serena Williams dropped just one game as she blew away China's Wang Qiang 6-1 6-0.

Wang, seeded 18th, did not manage to hit a single winner as she was taken apart in her first grand slam quarter-final.

It was the American's 100th career victory at the US Open and at 44 minutes, the match was the quickest at this year's tournament.

"It's really unbelievable," said Williams (38). "When I first started here I was like 16. I never thought I'd get to 100 wins and still be here but I love what I do.

"When I'm playing someone I know who's playing well, I have to step up or go home, and I want to stay here."

Williams showed no ill-effects from rolling her ankle during her fourth-round win over Petra Martic.

"I'm feeling good," she added. "It's been a tough year but physically I'm feeling great and more than anything I'm just having fun when I come out here."

Williams will play Elina Svitolina in the semi-finals.

"She's had a great year," said Williams. "She made the semis at Wimbledon and I feel she wants to go one step further, so I feel I'll have to come out and play really well."

Svitolina, the fifth seed from Ukraine, beat Britain's Johanna Konta 6-4 6-4 over 100 attritional minutes.

Belinda Bencic defeated Donna Vekic to reach her first grand slam semi-final.

The 22-year-old from Switzerland, who knocked out defending champion and top seed Naomi Osaka in the fourth round, won 7-6 (5) 6-3 against her close friend and frequent hitting partner.

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