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By Jonathan Jurejko
BBC Sport in Flushing Meadows
Serena Williams underlined her label with a barbarous win over China’s Wang Qiang in 44 minutes as the favourite for the US Open.
The 37-year-old American bankrupt function five times and struck 25 winners because she eased to a win over the 18th seed on Arthur Ashe Stadium
Williams, seeded eighth, is chasing a Grand Slam title.
She will confront Ukraine’s fifth seed Elina Svitolina, who beat Britain’s Johanna Konta.
“When I play somebody who is playing well I must measure or go home and I’m not prepared to proceed,” said Williams, who earned her 100th singles triumph in the US Open.
“I knew I needed to come out tonight and play nicely. I’m feeling good, had and I am still here.
“Physically I’m feeling great and more importantly I’m having fun each time I come out here.”
Six-time US Open champion Williams hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since returning from giving birth.
She’s fallen short of moving par with the all-time tally of Australian Margaret Court finals and a year’s US Open showpiece.
Here she’s moved through the attraction, steamrolling three in straight places – such as old rival Maria Sharapova – of her opponents.
American 17-year-old Caty McNally is the only participant to have examined Williams, trying to drive her illustrious opponent around the court in a bid to expose her lack of motion.
And that is going to be the strategy likely to be adopted.
Williams never had that problem against Wang, booming groundstrokes and keeping the points brief with her thunderous serves.
Williams dropped seven points as she raced into a 5-0 lead, Wang avoiding the bagel before the opener was clinched by another forehand winner in the American at 23 minutes.
Williams won 26 of the points in comparison to 11 with her opponent, cracking 12 champions once she landed her first serve and winning 92 percent of the things.
Wang, who had not dropped a set in her way into the previous eight, seemed completed shell-shocked as she continued to be pummelled with a callous Williams in the next set.
Because she did bagel Wang in the next effort, sealing the tiniest completed win of the championship with another sizzling cross-court forehand the winners continued to stream in the American’s racquet.
Wang won just four points in the group and finished the game without hitting at a winner.
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