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From Jonathan Jurejko
BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows
Serena Williams underlined her label as the favourite for the US Open with a barbarous quarter-final win over China’s Wang Qiang in 44 minutes.
The 37-year-old American broke serve five times because she slipped to a win over the seed on Arthur Ashe 27, and hit on 25 winners
Williams is currently chasing a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.
Ukraine’s fifth seed will be faced by her Elina Svitolina, who beat Britain’s Johanna Konta, from the semi-finals.
“When I play somebody who is playing well I must measure or move home and I am not ready to go,” said Williams, who earned her 100th singles win in the US Open.
“I knew I needed to come out tonight and perform nicely. I’m feeling great, had and I am still here.
“Tonight I am feeling good and more importantly I’m having fun each time that I come out here.”
Six-time US Open champion since returning from giving birth to daughter Olympia at September 2017 Williams has not won a Grand Slam title.
She has fallen short of moving level with the all-time tally of Australian Margaret Court with defeats in the past two Wimbledon finals and last year’s US Open showpiece.
Here she has moved serenely steamrolling previous three of her opponents – like rival Maria Sharapova – in straight places.
American 17-year-old Caty McNally is the only player to have analyzed Williams, trying to drive her illustrious opponent around the court in an attempt to expose her perceived lack of motion.
And that will be the strategy likely to be adopted.
Williams never had that issue against Wang, maintaining the points short with her thunderous functions and booming groundstrokes.
Williams dropped seven points as she raced into a 5-0 lead, before the opener was clinched by a second forehand winner by the American in 23 minutes Wang preventing the bagel using a hard-earned grip.
Williams won 26 of those points compared to 11 with her opponent, cracking 12 champions once she landed her first function, and winning 92 percent of the points.
Wang, who hadn’t dropped a set in her way looked because she needed to be pummelled by a callous Williams in the next set completed shell-shocked.
Because she did bagel Wang at the next effort, sealing the completed win of the championship with another attractive forehand the winners continued to flow from the American’s racquet.
Wang ended the match without hitting one winner and won only four points at the second set.
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