New York [US], September 10 (ANI): Serena Williams on Wednesday booked a spot in the semi-finals of the US Open after securing a win over Tsvetana Pironkova.
Progressing into the US Open semifinals for the 14th time, Williams staged a stellar comeback in her 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win against Pironkova in the quarter-finals. Six-time champion Williams expressed elation after defeating a fellow mom in the quarterfinals.
“I am happy to just be here standing and talking with you. I was like one point from not being here. I just kept fighting and never gave up. You got to keep going,” US Open’s official website quoted Williams as saying in her post-match on-court interview.
“This just shows how tough moms are. You give birth to a child you can do just about anything,” the 38-year-old added.
Naomi Osaka has also advanced into the semifinals of the competition after defeating Shelby Rogers by 6-3, 6-4.
Victoria Azarenka has cruised into the semi-finals of the US Open after a dominating win over Elise Mertens.
In the quarter-final match, Azarenka claimed a 6-1, 6-0 win over her opponent. With this win, Azarenka has set up a clash against Serena Williams, who had defeated Tsvetana Pironkova to advance in the competition. Azarenka has lost two heartbreaking US Open finals to Williams — in 2012 and 2013. She is excited for the semi-final against Williams and looking at it as an “amazing opportunity”.
“Can it get any better?” US Open’s official website quoted Azarenka as saying when asked about the matchup with fellow mother, Williams.
“For me, it can’t. I’m so excited about this. It’s an amazing opportunity to play against a champion, someone who I respect a lot, who is my friend. I’m just so excited for this opportunity and I hope people are excited for this match,” she added.
Dominic Thiem on Thursday became the first Austrian ever to reach the semifinals of the US Open.
In the quarter-final match against Alex de Minaur, Thiem secured a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over his opponent. De Minaur, 21, was bidding to become the youngest US Open semifinalist since Juan Martin del Potro in 2009. Thiem will now take on Daniil Medvedev in the semi-final of the competition.
“I had a great feeling from the first moment on. There is no Roger, Rafa, Novak, but there is Daniil, Sascha and Pablo now,” US Open’s official website quoted Thiem as saying.
“There are three other amazing players. Every single one of us deserves this first major title. Everybody will give it all. Once we step on the court, those other three are forgotten anyway,” he added. (ANI)