To Reach Semis, Serena Williams Beats Carla Suarez: At US Open

Defending champion Serena Williams walloped Spain`s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-0 to race into the semi finals of the US Open on Tuesday.Top seed Williams served up the dreaded “double-bagel” in a quick fire 52 minutes to set up a clash with fifth seed Li Na, who earlier became China`s first US Open semi finalist by beating Russian Ekaterina Makarova.Williams said that honestly she`s a great player.The conditions today were so tough. It was not her best tennis today.The outcome may have been more about the world number one being at something close to her best.

Williams won 88 percent of her first serves, rifled in four aces, smacked 20 winners to three for her opponent, and won 53 points to just 18 for the 18th seed.She added that she played really good. She was just more focused than anything.It was only the second love-love victory in a US Open women`s quarter final dating back to 1968, and first since Martina Navratilova subjected Manuela Maleeva of Bulgaria to the same embarrassment in 1989.At 31, Williams is campaigning to become the oldest U.S. Open women`s winner since tennis turned professional in 1968.She has lost just 13 games from her five matches so far and said she has been balancing fun with work at Flushing Meadows.