Semi-finalist Serena says still 'long way to go' at US Open

Semi-finalist Serena says still 'long way to go' at US Open

A seventh US Open title would see the American equal Margaret Court's Grand Slam haul but Williams has lost her last two semi-finals in NY.

Williams booked her last-four spot with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over eighth-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova.

Defending champion Stephens is up first on Arthur Ashe Stadium, facing No. 19 seed Anastasija Sevastova in a rematch of Stephens' three-set victory in the same round at Flushing Meadows past year.

"I really feel like right now I'm playing free because I was having a baby this time previous year, so I have nothing to prove", said Williams, who is seeking her first major title since her daughter Olympia was born on September 1 of 2017.

'I really feel like right now I'm playing free because I was having a baby this time a year ago so I have nothing to prove.

"I really feel like right now I'm playing free".

She is looking for a 24th Grand Slam singles trophy that would tie Margaret Court for the most in tennis.

While mens' second seed Roger Federer suffered a shock loss to little-known Australian John Millman and defending womens champion Sloane Stephens was upset by Anastasija Sevastova, Serena Williams continues to outmuscle and outlast opponents, ensuring the tournament's closing days retain some serious star power. The highest-ranked player she beat on her way to the Wimbledon final was a world No. 13-ranked Julia Goerges-who she also beat at the French Open.

"I feel like right now I'm playing free because I was having a baby this time previous year, so I have nothing to prove".

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The third-seeded American lacked the swagger she showed through the opening four rounds and wilted in the sun-baked conditions at Flushing Meadows against Sevastova, who became the first Latvian woman to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open. She put a backhand into the net to get broken to 2-1 at the outset.

Serena Williams began her US Open quarter-final tentatively.

Little danger seemed apparent for Williams when Pliskova clawed one break back for 4-1, only for the tension to grow when the world number eight moved 40-0 ahead on the American's serve in the seventh game.

Williams, finally having found her game and kept it rolling into the second set.

"I hope I will enjoy it, playing semi-finals".

I didn't convert. I didn't play the big points well, and you don't win matches when you don't take your opportunities. Williams has carried out thirteen aces and made 5 double faults and carried out 4 break factors out of seven.

When someone urged her to raise her level in the second set, Stephens replied, "I'm trying!"

"She's a great player".

The next two games were total demolition from the American not giving the Czech any breathing space, having broke Pliskova's serve to love and holding on to her own serve in similar devastating fashion.

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