Serena Williams wins US Open quarterfinal; edges closer to 24th Grand Slam

Serena Williams fought through her fourth round US Open match to make an 11th consecutive semifinal there.

Serena Williams reacts during the quarterfinals of the US Open tennis championships, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

In a three-set match today (September 9), Williams defeated Bulgaria’s Tsvetsana Pironkova 4-6, 6-3,6-2 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York in pursuit of a seventh title at the Grand Slam and record-equalling 24th overall.

Regarding her slow start, Williams said, “In the beginning, I was a little fatigued, for whatever reason. Obviously I can’t do that if I want to keep winning, so I need to figure that out.”

Williams, who has been the runner-up at the US Open for the past two years, turns 39 in less than three weeks.

Serena will face either No. 16 Elise Mertens or unseeded Victoria Azarenka in tomorrow’s semifinal.