Fast and furious Serena Williams dropped just one game as she blew away China’s Wang Qiang 6-1, 6-0 at the US Open quarter-finals.
Wang, seeded 18th, did not manage to hit a single winner as she was taken apart in her first grand slam quarter-final.
It was the American’s 100th career victory at the US Open and at 44 minutes was the quickest match at this year’s tournament.
“It’s really unbelievable,” said Williams, 38. “When I first started here I was like, 16. I never thought I would get to 100 wins and still be here but I love what I do.
“When I’m playing someone I know is playing well I know I have to step up or go home, and I want to stay here.”
Williams showed no ill-effects from rolling her ankle during her fourth-round win over Petra Martic.
“I’m feeling good,” she added. “It’s been a tough year but physically I’m feeling great and more than anything I’m just having fun when I come out here.”
Williams, the eighth seed, will play Elina Svitolina in the semi-finals.
“She’s had a great year,” said Williams. “She made the semis at Wimbledon and I feel she wants to go one step further, so I feel I’ll have to come out and play really well.”
Svitolina, the fifth seed from Ukraine, beat Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-4 over 100 attritional minutes.
She said: “I don’t think that I was expecting going into this tournament that I’m going to make semis.
“I’m just taking one match at a time. It’s a grand slam. There is lots of pressure, lots of expectations from people. But you also put lots of pressure on yourself.
“You have to just go out there, do your job and don’t think too much what’s going on around you, and who handle it the best wins.
“Definitely it’s a big challenge to play against her. Obviously Serena is amazing champion. It’s probably it’s going to be really tough against her.”
Novak Djokovic admits his ultimate goal is to overhaul rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and hold the record for most grand slam titles.
Federer is currently out in front with 20 major men’s singles titles to his name, but at 38 his chances of adding to that tally are dwindling.
Nadal, 33, is two behind the Swiss and Djokovic currently has 16 following his epic Wimbledon win over Federer last month.
The Serbian is favourite to defend his US Open title over the next fortnight to move onto Nadal’s shoulders, and into Federer’s rear-view mirror.
“It’s still a very long way ahead of me,” he said. “It does also put a certain level of responsibility to me as well, because I am aiming to do that.
“You know, it’s definitely one of my ambitions and goals, if you want.
“I am 32. So things are a little bit different than they were 10 years ago, but I still feel young inside and outside. And I still am very motivated to keep going and especially at this stage.
“I mean, it’s always been the case but, especially now, more or less everything is about grand slams in terms of how I see tennis and how I approach them because, you know, they matter the most.
“So I will definitely try to play my best tennis and aim to play my best tennis at this event.”
Djokovic admitted his Wimbledon win, after a historic tie-break at 12-12 in the deciding set, was one of his most memorable matches.
“It’s in the top two matches I have ever played,” he added. “The other match is the one against Nadal in the final of the (2012) Australian Open which went almost for six hours.
“So those two matches really are very special and take a special place in my career and my mind as well.
“I still have flashes from the Australian match, many years after. And of course I would wish to remember the Wimbledon final against Roger this year for many years to come.”
Former Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson has withdrawn from the US Open with a knee injury.
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Serena Williams will start her bid for a seventh US Open singles crown against familiar foe Maria Sharapova.
Williams’ match-up with Sharapova is the pick of the women’s first-round draw, which sees British number one Johanna Konta start out against Russia’s Daria Kasatkina.
Sharapova upset Williams to win the Wimbledon title in 2004, a result which prevented the American from claiming a third consecutive title at SW19.
But 23-times Grand Slam singles champion Williams holds a convincing 19-2 lead in their head-to-head battles, with the 2012 Olympics, 2013 French Open and 2015 Australian Open among her final victories over the Russian.
Konta, the number 16 seed, has an awkward first-round assignment as Kasatkina has won their two previous meetings in Moscow and Dubai.
Number one seed Naomi Osaka starts the defence of her title against Russia’s Anna Blinkova.
Wimbledon sensation Cori Gauff has a fascinating first-round tie with Anastasia Potapova.
The 15-year-old Gauff reached the fourth round at SW19 and received a wild card to play at Flushing Meadows.
Russian Potapova is a former junior number one, as well as the 2016 Wimbledon girls’ singles champion.
Britain has three players in the men’s draw – Kyle Edmund, Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie.
British number one Kyle Edmund, the 30th seed, meets Spanish veteran Pablo Andujar in the first round, while Evans comes up against Adrian Mannarino of France.
Norrie has been drawn against a qualifier ahead of what could be a second-round meeting with 15th seed David Goffin.
Three-time champion Novak Djokovic, the number one seed, begins the defence of his title against Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena.
Djokovic is in the same half of the draw as five-time champion Roger Federer, who will play a qualifier in the first round, and is projected to meet the dangerous Russian Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-final.
Second seed Rafael Nadal has a tricky opening against John Millman, the Australian who beat Federer in four sets at the US Open 12 months ago.
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