Serena Williams tied some history on Thursday, and is on the precipice of even more.
The 37-year-old American dispatched fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina, 6-3, 6-1, in the first semifinal at the 2019 US Open, marking Williams’ 101st win at the tournament, tying her with Chris Evert for the most all-time.
“It’s impressive, I guess,” Williams told ESPN in her post-match interview. “I don’t think about it. I just come out here and do what I can. It’s impressive to be in any club with Chrissie, it’s just awesome.”
The eighth-seeded Williams earned a measure of revenge with the win over Svitolina, who emerged victorious in their last meeting in 2016 at the Rio Olympics.
“They were long games and I know how she can play,” Williams said of Svitolina. “She’s such a good player. I just wanted to not get off to a slow start and just hang in there.”
Now the top remaining seed in the women’s bracket, Williams awaits the winner of the Belinda Bencic-Bianca Andreescu semi in the US Open final. A US Open singles title would give Williams the 24th grand slam of her career, tying her with Margaret Court for the WTA record.
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