There is a fine line between admiring brilliance and an awkward watch.
Qiang Wang who has had her best career run at a major to the quarter finals in New York following her win against Ash Barty had a tough night.
It has been a tough time for Wang who lost her coach Pete McNamara who sadly passed away not long ago and should be thrilled with her efforts at the US Open.
She took Ash Barty to town in the fourth round but Serena was ruthless but at the same time Qiang wasn’t up to speed.
The serve was being dropped into the middle of the service box at around 80mph and it got pummelled. The returns of serve were great but it was too easy. In the first game of the second set Serena broke to love and hit three service return winners in that game.
Nothing worked for Qiang. The serve as mentioned, the backhand was loose and she wasn’t moving. It is a shame because a great tournament will be remembered for this.
I’ve never ever heard a full stadium so quiet.
Getting that game at 5-1 in the first set was big for Wang and you thought it may pick up from there. I didn’t think it was possible but it got worse.
11 points won in the first set for Wang
4 points won.
0 winners in the entire match.
We can’t pick much else up from the match. Serena did her bit, there were no questions asked as she breezed into the semi-finals with a 6-1 6-0 win in 44 minutes.
It was a landmark 100 wins for Serena at Flushing Meadows, an awkward win but a win nonetheless.
Serena said physically she is feeling great after the ankle roll the other night but her trainer has been flown in and was in her box during her win.