In her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since Roland Garros 2008, Ana Ivanovic was unlucky to bump into Serena Williams and suffer the same fate as most Serena’s recent opponents – a short stay on the court. Going up 3-0 in the first set against Ivanovic, Serena had won 23 straight games! The match finished in just 58 minutes and Serena won stunning 26 of 29 points on her first serve, while hitting 12 aces to Ivanovic’s zero. Final score: 6-1 6-3.
Ivanovic has to find satisfaction in improving her game and reaching her first US Open quarterfinal, accepting the fact that Serena has been pretty much unbeatable lately. This summer she won Wimbledon and the Olympic gold in both singles and doubles, while at the US Open she’s been a champion three times and has made at least the semifinals the last four times she played the tournament.
Serena’s semifinal opponent will be Sara Errani, the first Italian US Open semifinalist in the Open Era, who will become No.1 in doubles after the tournament. To advance to the final four, Errani beat her best friend and regular doubles partner Roberta Vinci 6-2 6-4. The other semifinal will feature Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)