SERENA Williams continues her impressive form as she is through to her 12th US Open semifinal.
Williams marched into the semifinals of the US Open for the ninth consecutive time with an assured 6-4 6-3 win over eighth seed Karolina Pliskova, Tuesday.
It is the first time the six-time champion has beaten a top-10 opponent since returning from maternity leave and the victory ensured the American got some measure of revenge for her 2016 US Open semifinal loss against the Czech.
Williams, 36-year-old overcame a 4-2 deficit in the first set to see off Pliskova in one hour and 23 minutes and reach the last four at Flushing Meadows for the 12th time in her career.
The mother of one is aiming to win a first grand slam since giving birth to her daughter last September which is almost a year, would tie her with Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 major wins. The young will next play Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova, who beat defending champion, Sloane Stephens 6-2 6-3 earlier Tuesday.
“I was having a baby at this time last year so I really have nothing to prove,” Williams told the Arthur Ashe crowd after the win. “I really feel now that I am playing free.”