Serena Williams reached the century mark in singles wins at the US Open on Tuesday night, and #100 may have been her most dominant.
The eighth-seed and six-time US Open champion hit 100 victories in New York in a 6-1, 6-0 thrashing of 18th seed Qiang Wang, reaching the semifinals in just 44 minutes.
“From when I first started here at 16, I never thought I would get to 100,” said Serena. “I love what I do. I love coming out here in front of you guys. It’s so special. I never want to let it go.”
Wang entered the quarterfinal playing excellent tennis, having just knocked off French Open champion and second-seed Ash Barty of Australia, but never had a chance on Tuesday night. Playing on the famed Arthur Ashe court for the first time in her career, Serena welcomed her in by breaking in her first service game, and adding another one to quickly build a 5-0 lead. A couple of games later, Serena wrapped up the opener, hitting 12 winners and winning 16 of the 20 points on serve in the 23-minute set.
The one-way traffic continued in the second set. Serena threw in 12 more winners and broke Wang on all three of the chances she had, sealing the victory with a screaming forehand winner.
She will now take on fifth-seed Elina Svitolina, who reached the final four after beating 16th seed Johanna Konta in straight sets earlier in the day.