Serena Williams win exposes grim grand slam reality for Ash Barty

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Serena Williams has made a mockery of the woman who knocked Ash Barty out of the US Open, highlighting an uncomfortable truth about Australia’s World No.1.

Serena’s march towards a record-equalling 24th grand slam singles title gathered momentum as she routed Qiang Wang in just 44 minutes to advance to the semi-finals on Tuesday.

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The American didn't get much resistance from her opponent - dropping just one game as Wang failed to hit a single winner.

Fans flocked to social media in a frenzy over the ‘brutal’ and ‘savage’ display.

Serena Williams and Ash Barty at the US Open. Image: Getty

It was an incredible statement considering Wang had dumped Barty out in the fourth round just 48 hours earlier.

In thrashing the woman who managed to beat the new World No.1, Serena highlighted Barty’s horror record against highly-ranked opponents.

Barty’s loss to the 18th-seeded Wang made her record against top 20 opponents at grand slam events 1-10.

It’s certainly not the kind of stat you’d expect from a World No.1, and fans didn’t miss the opportunity to point out the Serena-Barty comparison.

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Looking dominant as can be, Williams moved freely and powered her way past the Wang 6-1 6-0 to claim her 100th victory at Flushing Meadows - just one shy of Chris Evert's record.

"I never thought that I would get to 100. It is really unbelievable. From when I started here at age 16 it didn't seem possible," the 37-year-old Williams said in her on-court interview.

"I love what I do. I love coming out here. I am feeling good.

Williams had rolled her ankle during her fourth-round match but that was not an issue on Tuesday night on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

She grabbed the first five games in about 15 minutes.

Then, after dropping one game, Williams collected the next 11 points in a row and every remaining game.

Just one indication of how lopsided this was: Williams finished with 25 winners to zero for Wang, who was playing in her first major quarter-final after eliminating Australian Ashleigh Barty in the previous round.

Williams, a six-times US Open champion, will face fifth seed Elina Svitolina for a berth in the final.

with AAP