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Serena Williams Closing In On Becoming The Most Successful Female Player In US Open History

The former world No,1 has produced her most dominating win yet.

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Former world No.1 Serena Williams has hit peak form at the US Open after producing a clinical 44-minute display during her quarter-final match on Tuesday.

The eighth seed eased to a dominating 6-1, 6-0, win over China’s Wang Qiang. Making it her most one-sided win in terms of games dropped since defeating Madison Brengle at the 2015 Madrid Open. Williams’ ruthless display saw her win 50 out of the 65 points played as she hit 25 winners compared to none from her opponent. Furthermore, she also dropped only two points behind her first serve and five points behind her second.

“This is what I’ve been training for. This is how hard I’ve been working. It feels like hard work pays off when that happens.” Said Williams.
“I’ve been working on my speed, getting shots. I didn’t give her too many chances in the match.” She added.

Tuesday’s win was Williams’ 100th at Flushing Meadows. Becoming only the second woman to do so after Chris Evert, who ended her career with 101 victories 30 years ago. She could break that record this year if she was to go on and win the title. Which would also place Williams on level footing with Margaret Court in terms of the most grand slam singles titles won at 24.

A lot has happened since Williams won her first US Open match against Nicole Pratt back in 1998. An encounter she can barely remember nowadays. Her resume currently stands at 72 WTA titles and she has spent 319 weeks as world No.1. The third longest period on the WTA Tour after Martina Mavratilova and Steffi Graf.

“I think the sport has come a really long way. It’s been really satisfying to see sport for women, the premier sport for women,” said Williams.
“It’s the best work in the world that a woman can do in my mind. I’m a little biased obviously.
“I feel like we fought so hard for so many years for so many different things. I feel like we still obviously have a ways to go, but a lot of that fighting through decades has come through.”

It is the fiery attitude of the 37-year-old that many know her for. Whether it is screams of ‘come on’ or cries of anger after hitting a bad shot. However, Williams insists that she is not increasing her intimidation factor in the tournament. Insisting that her approach to the major is that same as all the others.

“I don’t try to up any intimidation factor. I am who I am. I’ve always been the person that goes out there and roars and screams and complains and cries and fights.” She explained.
“I’m extremely passionate about what I do. Most people that love their jobs are passionate about what they do. That’s just me.”

Elina Svitolina stands in the way of Williams’ 101st win at the New York major. They will meet in the semi-finals on Friday. Svitoliva disposed of Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-4, in her quarter-final match. The two haven’t played each other since 2016 and Williams currently leads their head-to-head 4-1.

“It’s definitely it’s a big challenge to play against her.” Svitolina previewed.
“She has a big serve. That’s obvious to everyone. And that’s what I have to expect. I have to react quickly and try to take my chances when I have them.”

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Wrist Injury Threatening To End Holger Rune’s Olympic Dream

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Holger Rune will have a second medical opinion on Monday before deciding if he is fit enough to play at the Olympic Games, according to his team. 

The Danish world No.17 recently retired from his quarter-final match at the Hamburg Open due to a knee injury. The hope at the time was that his withdrawal would be just a precautionary measure ahead of the Olympics. However, he is also dealing with a second issue that appears to be more serious.

According to TV 2 Sport, Rune has been struggling with a wrist issue and underwent a scan on Sunday which his mother Aneke says ‘doesn’t look promising.’ Aneke is also the manager of her son’s career. Rune’s Olympic dreams now rest on the outcome of a second medical expert that he will visit tomorrow who has a better understanding of the sport. 

“Unfortunately, it does not look promising after the first medical opinion after the review of the scan of the wrist,” Aneke Rune told TV 2 Sport.

“We are waiting for two tennis-specific doctors who will give a second opinion tomorrow (Monday). Tennis wrists look different from regular wrists, so we’ll hold out hope for one more day.” 

Rune is one of three Danish players entered into the Olympic tennis event along with Caroline Wozniacki and Clara Tauson. The country has only won one medal in tennis before which was at the 1912 Games when Sofie Castenschiold won silver in the women’s indoor singles event. 

So far this season, the 21-year-old has won 27 matches on the Tour but is yet to claim a title. He reached the final of the Brisbane International and then the semi-finals of three more events. In the Grand Slams, he made it to the fourth round of the French Open and Wimbledon. 

It is not known when a final decision regarding Rune’s participation in Paris will be made.

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Hubert Hurkacz Undergoes ‘Knee Procedure’ Ahead of Olympic Bid

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Poland’s top player on the ATP Tour is not giving up on his dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games despite recently undergoing a medical procedure.

World No.7 Hubert Hurkacz suffered a knee injury during his second round clash at Wimbledon against France’s Arthur Fils. In the fourth set tiebreak of their clash, Hurkacz dived for a shot but landed badly on his knee and required on-court medical attention. He then played two more points before retiring from the match. 

In a social media post published on Wednesday, the  27-year-old confirmed he underwent a procedure on his knee earlier this week but didn’t provide any further details.  Although Hurkacz has stated his intention to play at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, where the tennis event will be held on the clay at Roland Garros. 

“I had a knee procedure this Monday, but I’m feeling better already and my team and are dedicating extensive time each day to the rehab process.” He wrote on Instagram. 

“It’s a dream for every athlete to represent their country at the Olympics, and I want to make sure I am fully fit and ready before making the final decision to step on court. The aim is not only to participate, but to win a medal for my country.”

So far this season Hurkacz has won 34 out of 48 matches played on the Tour. He won the Estoril Open in April and was runner-up to Jannik Sinner in Halle. 

The Olympic tennis event is scheduled to begin a week Saturday on July 27th. Poland is yet to win a medal in the event but expectations are high with women’s No.1 Iga Swiatek also taking part. 

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Krejcikova Comes Alive With Her Serve To Win 12th Grand Slam Title At Wimbledon

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It must have seemed like the whole world was against her when Barbora Krejcikova served for the match for a third time against crowd favorite Jasmine Paolini.

But Krejcikova was only going for her 12th Grand Slam title. She was well prepared.

So, she released her patented way-out-wide serve to the smallish Paolini’s backhand, and the best the Italian could do was get her racket on the ball enough to return the serve far off the court, long and wide.

ARMS UP FOR A CHAMPION

The weight of the world was gone as Krejcikova threw her arms over her head and calmly walked to the net to greet the Wimbledon runner-up.

Now, Krejcikova was half-way home to a career Grand Slam in singles. She already owns a career Grand Slam in doubles among her dozen Grand Slam titles that also include one mixed doubles Grand Slam title.

She has won the hard ones, the French Open on clay and Wimbledon on grass.

At 28 years old, anything must look possible to this 5-10 Czech.

KREJCIKOVA COMES THROUGH UNDER PRESSURE

Paolini simply was out played in a second straight Grand Slam final, on clay and on grass. Now she faces the real tests, two straight Grand Slam tournaments on hard surfaces that might not be overly friendly to the 5-4 Paolini.

But there it was, a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 victory for Krejcikova on Wimbledon’s famed Center Court.

After what might be called a throw-away second set for Krejcikova, she came alive in the third set, pinning Paolini to the deep corners while nailing low hard-hit balls to both corners.

Krejcikova got off to 40-0 starts on her first four service games of the decisive set and ended all four with service winners to take a 5-3 lead (with the aid of the only service break of the third set). She yielded only one point in those four service games, a double fault at 40-0 that was followed by an ace.

Of course, it was the serve again that saved the day for Krejcikova and gave her set points two and three, then sealed the deal for a spot in Wimbledon history.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. 

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