The last American — woman or man standing in Flushing Meadows, hoping to take home the fourth and final Grand Slam title of the season is Serena Williams. Williams cruised into the semi-final of the U.S. Open in style on Tuesday, notching up her 100th U.S. Open match win. The eighth-seeded American is now in the league of Chris Evert as the only two players to record at least 100 victories at the tournament’s history. She earned the historic win 30 years to the day Hall of Famer Chris Evert won her tournament record 101st match. Williams is now only one behind Evert’s mark of 101 wins in the tournament. She defeated Qiang Wang 6-1, 6-0 in a blistering 44 minutes. She showed her experience on court and ended any speculations over a twisted ankle from the previous round.

“I never thought that I would get to 100,” Williams said after the match, “It’s so special. I never want to let it go.” Now, the tennis legend is just two matches away from her seventh US Open singles championship title win.

Key Takeaways:

  • Eighth-seeded American Serena Williams beat Wang Qiang 6-1, 6-0 on in a blistering match that lasted for 44 minutes on Tuesday.
  • It was the 100th win in the US Open for Williams, joins the league of Chris Evert as the only two players to record at least 100 victories at the tournament’s history.
  • Williams is now just one behind Chris Evert’s mark of 101 wins in the tournament.
  • Now, the tennis legend is just two matches away from her seventh US Open singles championship title win.
  • The 23-times Grand Slam champion Williams will face off fifth-seed Elina Svitolina, who previously upset Williams at the 2016 Rio Olympics, in the do or die semi-finals.

Before this game, during her fourth-round match on Sunday, Williams slipped and fell while running to the net. In doing so she twisted her right ankle. “It feels good,” Williams said of her performance. “This is how hard I’ve been working. It feels like … hard work pays off when that happens.”

“I am who I am. I’ve always been the person that goes out there and roars and screams and complains and cries and fights,” Williams said.

Talking further about her eternal lover for the game, she said, “I’m extremely passionate about what I do. Most people that love their jobs are passionate about what they do. That’s just me.”

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Further praising the progress in women’s tennis during her career, calling it the “premier sport for women” she said, “It’s the best work in the world that a woman can do, in my mind. I’m a little biased obviously.” The 37-year-old added, “I feel like we fought so hard for so many years for so many different things. I feel like we still obviously have a ways to go, but a lot of that fighting through decades has come through.”

The 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams will face off fifth-seed Elina Svitolina, who previously upset Williams at the 2016 Rio Olympics, in the do or die semi-finals.

“She doesn’t make a lot of mistakes,” said Williams when asked about the upcoming matchup. “She’s one of those players that does everything really well. So I have to do everything well, too.”

The last U.S. Open crown came in 2014 for Williams with her making it to at least the semi-final round at every U.S. Open she has played since 2007.

The last U.S. Open crown came in 2014 for Williams with her making it to at least the semi-final round at every U.S. Open she has played since 2007.

Apart from the games, Serena Williams has been outspoken about various social issues related motherhood and parenting. Earlier she had boldly accepted that she was suffering from “postpartum emotions” and it was hard to cope with the struggles of balancing family, life and tennis. “I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to three years if not dealt with,” she had said, NDTV reported.

The 36-year-old American missed most of the 2017 WTA season due to her pregnancy. The tennis ace had earlier spoken about the complications she suffered after giving birth to her daughter. During her pregnancy, she was ranked No 1 in the world and won the Australian Open in her first trimester.

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