Serena Williams sweetly beat Karolina Pliskova to enter the semifinals of the US Open. UU And he significantly increased his hopes for a 24th Grand Slam title in singles with the same record.
Pliskova, the eighth seed, inflicted most of Williams' recent defeat in New York by triumphing in the last four months at Flushing Meadows in 2016, but he was no match for the irrepressible American on this occasion.
Williams, seeking to match the number of individual Margaret Court crowns and win a major for the first time since becoming a mother last September, began to falter but soon found her devastating best form to claim a resounding victory. -4 6-3.
And with Sloane Stephens, the champion in Serena's absence 12 months ago, having been eliminated earlier on Tuesday, Williams is now an overwhelming favorite to claim a seventh win at the US Open, 19 years after his first success here .
Anastasija Sevastova is waiting in the semifinals, while fourteenth seed Madison Keys, last year's finalist, is now the best-ranked player in the draw. Serena is the only winner of the slam that remains.
Pliskova exuded confidence in the preparation of this match and had an impressive start, breaking for the third time in the third game.
In contrast, Williams initially appeared agitated and short of pace on another sticky night, but the 36-year-old showed considerable weight to save three other break points and win her next service game.
The importance of that retention was soon emphasized as, from 4-2 down, Williams raised the temperature to totally overwhelm his opponent.
Pliskova had no response to the power and aggression of the six-time champion, who sensationally recovered eight games in a row to win the first set and take total control of the second.
There was another turn when Pliskova regained a break and came to 0-40 while his rival served with a 4-2 lead.
However, a magnificent portion took Serena out of trouble and her first victory was rounded out among the 10 best of the year in style with a love key sealed with an ace.