'Not fair': Tennis world erupts over 'brutal' Serena Williams act

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Serena Williams has stormed into the US Open final four in one of the most lop-sided quarter-finals Flushing Meadows has ever seen.

The 23-time grand slam champ completely dominated Chinese opponent Wang Qiang on Tuesday, blowing Ash Barty’s conqueror off the court 6-1, 6-0.

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Wang managed to stun Barty in the Round of 16, but was no match for Serena on Tuesday, unable to hit a single winner in the 44-minute thrashing.

Serena Williams celebrates her win. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

“I think the crowd feels for Wang a bit here,” one commentator said on ESPN late in the match.

“You have to feel for her.”

Serena grabbed the first five games of the match in about 15 minutes.

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

The brutal thrashing sent the tennis world into a frenzy.

The win was Serena’s 100th at the US Open and moves her another step closer to equalling Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 grand slams.

"I never thought that I would get to 100," Williams said after the match, reflecting on the two decades she's spent playing at Flushing Meadows.

"It's so special. I never want to let it go."

The 37-year-old American was dominant from the start, firing off 25 winners, compared to zero from 18th-seed Wang, and winning 90% of her first serve points.

Svitolina awaits

Earlier, Elina Svitolina continued her dominant run against Johanna Konta with a 6-4 6-4 win to reach the US Open semis for the first time.

The fifth-seeded Ukrainian, who has won all of her meetings with the Briton, reached her second straight grand slam semi-final after also making the last four at Wimbledon in July.

Svitolina's sturdy baseline attack wore down the 16th-seeded Konta, who made 35 unforced errors, 22 more than her opponent, on a sun-soaked day at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"It feels amazing," she said of being the first player to reach the semis at the tournament this year.

"It was a very, very tough match ... I think we were both striking the ball. It was quite even," she said.

Serena Williams and Qiang Wang after their match. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

"I'm very happy with how I handled the pressure."

Svitolina rifled a backhand winner on break point for a 4-3 lead in the second set, celebrating with an emphatic fist pump in front of the crowd that included her boyfriend Gael Monfils, who plays his quarter-final on Wednesday.

Konta continued to fight, however, saving two match points on her serve, but Svitolina ended the contest in the next game when the Briton fired long.

Svitolina said that Frenchman Monfils has been a big help to her during the tournament.

"Definitely we are pushing each other I think because we are trying to join each other in the quarter-final and now the semi final ... so now he has to step up his game," she said with a laugh.

with AAP