In typical Serena Williams style, this year’s Wimbledon and Olympics singles and doubles (with her sister, Venus) gold medal winner has played herself into top form at the tail end of the US Open and now seems almost unstoppable in her quest for a fourth US Open title and fourteenth Grand Slam trophy.
Her opponent in the quarter final match on Arthur Ashe Stadium was Ana Ivanovic who, a few years ago, won the French Open and was ranked number one on the WTA’s list of players, but who has slipped down the rankings and is now battling to return to the top ten. Ivanovic has had a good run at this year’s US Open and reaching the quarter final is a great effort that will give her some much needed confidence. Her bad luck was that she came up against the best player on the tour by far and any thoughts of going further into the tournament was ruthlessly squashed by her opponent who came out of the blocks on a mission to win and get off court as soon as possible.
Serena sailed through the first set 6-1 in just 25 minutes with an awesome display of precision serving and heavy hitting which time and again had Ivanovic stranded on the other side of the net. The second set was marginally more competitive, with Ivanovic sending some beautiful balls over the net and into the corners and she managing to win three games before Serena served out to take the game, set and match in thirty three minutes.
Serena’s opponent in the semis will be Sara Errani who is having a brilliant year, so going this deep into a Grand Slam should not faze her – and neither will having such a hard hitting opponent, as she took a set off Maria Sharapova in the French Open final this year.