Serena Williams will be back in action on Thursday night on Arthur Ashe in her 14th semi-final at Flushing Meadows.
Every time Serena steps onto court she continues to make history and has once again with another big comeback win this time against Tsvetana Pironkova who came into the US Open unranked after three years out.
Once again the numbers following another win are record breaking:
106 wins at the US Open
101 wins on Arthur Ashe Stadium
14 US Open Semi-Finals
42 Grand Slam Semi-Finals
Early on in the match it was all Pironkova, the way the Bulgarian opened up the court was incredible. Tsvetana brought a lot of variety which was something caused Serena a few issues at Flushing Meadows against Vinci a few years back.
You could tell Serena did her homework, she was exploring the option of opening up the court herself doing her best to stop that Pironkova backhand down the line which was effortless brilliant throughout her time at Flushing Meadows.
Quite interestingly during the first 14 games Serena didn’t win any of the points that went over 9 shots but at 4-3 and up three break points she won an incredible 26 shot rally to break Pironkova and lead and from that point on was in control.
It was sad to see Pironkova struggle towards the end of the match but a great moment for her in her comeback to tennis after three years out with Serena calling her “incredible” for what she has achieved in New York.
Serena is through to her 42nd Grand Slam semi-final tomorrow night against either Azarenka or Mertens having come back from a set down for the 44th time in a major and winning!
Quite incredibly, this was the first time in 8 years Serena has hit 20 aces in a match!