Serena serves up double bagel
New York - Top-ranked defending champion Serena Williams inflicted the most
lopsided US Open women's quarter-final defeat in 24 years on birthday-girl
Carla Suarez Navarro to reach a semi-final against China's Li Na.
Williams routed the 18th-seeded Spaniard 6-0, 6-0 in just 52 minutes on
Tuesday, Suarez Navarro's 25th birthday, to reach a match-up Friday with Li,
the 2011 French Open champion who ousted Russian 24th seed Ekaterina Makarova.
Reigning French Open champion Williams, a 16-time Grand Slam winner seeking
her fifth US Open crown and ninth title of the year, has dropped only 13 games
in five wins on her way to the semis for a fifth US Open appearance in a row.
Asked if this was her most dominant US Open performance, Williams said,
"I guess so. I haven't thought about it yet. I'm still in the tournament
and I'm not thinking about, like, 'I'm really dominant now.'
"I'm just thinking, 'OK, I just have a really tough match in the next
round and I really want to do well."
Williams, who would be the oldest women's champion in US Open history at age
31, matched the worst rout in US Open women's quarter-final history, Martina
Navratilova's 6-0, 6-0 blanking of Bulgarian Manuela Maleeva in 1989.
Suarez Navarro, who has never taken more than three games off Williams in
three career meetings, was the first Spanish woman in a US Open quarter-final
since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1998.
Williams hit 20 winners while Suarez Navarro managed only 18 points in the
match, just three off winners on a windy night at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The Spaniard reached deuce for the first time as she served in the second
game of the second set, coming within a point of holding when a fan yelled,
"Come on Serena, give her a game. It's her birthday."
Instead, Williams broke for a 2-0 lead, drawing a couple of boos in a romp
that for a few apparently had started to seem like bullying of a helpless foe.
Williams said that compassion was not a consideration at any point, giving
up a pity game not in her thoughts at all.
"You don't really think about it," Williams said. "You just
think about winning the points and winning the games. That's all you think
about. At least, I don't think about anything else. Maybe after the match.
During, I just try to stay in the moment."
A few boos came when Williams held to 4-0 and Suarez Navarro drew huge
cheers when she forced two break points on Williams in the fifth game.
There was a major groan when the Spaniard netted a forehand on a break point
chance as Williams went on to hold, receive polite applause after doing so and
a typical roar from a generally supportive crowd after she won the match.
Williams would not call the performance flawless.
"Of course not. I played good, though," she said. "I was just
more focused than anything. I like to believe there's room for
Asked what errors she had made, Williams replied, "I'm not here to say
what I did wrong. I think I definitely played well, but she also gave me some
US Open results on Tuesday (x denotes seeded player):
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Marcel Granollers (ESP) 6-3, 6-0, 6-0
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS x21) bt Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 7-5
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x9) bt Tomas Berdych (CZE x5) 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (8/6), 6-2
Andy Murray (GBR x3) bt Denis Istomin (UZB) 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP x18) 6-0, 6-0
Li Na (CHN x5) bt Ekaterina Makarova (RUS x24) 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2
Victoria Azarenka (BLR x2) bt Ana Ivanovic (SRB x13) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Leander Paes/Radek Stepanek (IND/CZE x4) bt Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK)/Jean-Julien Rojer (PAK/NED x5) 6-1, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4
Alexander Peya/Bruno Soares (AUT/BRA x2) bt Jamie Murray/John Peers (GBR/AUS) 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4
Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (RUS/RUS x2) bt Cara Black/Marina Erakovic (ZIM/NZL x13) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
Anabel Medina Garrigues/Bruno Soares (ESP/BRA x5) bt Lucie Hradecka/Frantisek Cermak (CZE/CZE) 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 13-11
Abigail Spears/Santiago Gonzalez (USA/MEX) bt Liezel Huber/Marcelo Melo (USA/BRA x8) 2-6, 6-1, 11-9
Kristina Mladenovic/Daniel Nestor(FRA/CAN) bt Chan Hao-Ching/Martin Emmerich (TPE/GER) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3