Today at U.S. Open: Serena, Stephens try to reach semifinals

Today at U.S. Open: Serena, Stephens try to reach semifinals

Today at U.S. Open: Serena, Stephens try to reach semifinals

Serena Williams shows her emotions during the women's singles quarter-final match against Karolina Pliskova.

Top-seeded junior Cori "Coco" Gauff won her second round match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, over Romanian Selma Stefania Cadar, before juniors matches were suspended because of the heat.

Defending U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens was dumped out in the quarter-finals after losing 6-2 6-3 to Latvian 19th seed Anastasija Sevastova in sweltering conditions.

From there, the result was never in doubt as Williams finished off with three aces and an overhead to seal her place in the final four.

The six-time United States champion won eight games in a row - four at the end of the first and four at the start of the second - to help her secure victory in one hour 26 minutes.

"The crowd was really rooting for me and I felt so bad because everyone out here was cheering and I wasn't winning", she explained. "I was thinking, you know, I can play better, so that was the good news".

In other words: It's time to stop hedging predictions and start expecting Williams to win this tournament and tie Margaret Court's all-time record for major wins.

A year ago, Williams missed the U.S. Open because she gave birth to her daughter, Olympia, during the tournament.

First, though, Williams needs to make it past the semi-final - the hurdle that has felled her on her last two visits to Flushing Meadows.

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

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Earlier in the tournament, Williams made headlines when French Open officials warned they would not allow her to wear her Black Panther-inspired catsuit at the tournament next year. He's into the semifinals for the second year in a row, where he lost to top-ranked Rafael Nadal last year.

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Williams put aside some early shakiness and an early deficit, turning things around with an eight-game run en route to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over No. 8 seed Karolina Pliskova for a spot in the semifinals.

"He's a close friend on tour, a great guy and I wish him the very best. he is young and has plenty of time to win tournaments".

"I saw she was struggling, but I don't play drop shots when I see the player struggling or bending over", said Sevastova.

Williams won 24 of the 28 points when she went to the net.

"When you don't play big points well, the match can get away from you", she said.

She then dropped her racket and held her hands to her face as a Stephens shot went into the net on the match's final point. He committed back-to-back double faults to fall behind 4-1, and he eventually lost on another error.

"I've seen her play a lot".

Pliskova got another chance when Williams batted a forehand into the net, but another booming serve, a backhand victor and an unreturnable serve saw her negotiate the danger.

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