In the past month, the WTA circuit has been in a constant turmoil due to the grueling battle for the crown between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber. The German star had her chance in her hands a while ago in Cincinnati, but she failed to overcome the pressure. At the US Open, the equation didn`t change much as Kerber has few point to defend from last year`s result. On the other side, Serena had to cope with a huge pileof pressure.

And she did it very well as she already leveled the last year`s outcome, namely the US Open semifinal. If Williams win the US Open, she will remain the WTA leader regardless of Kerber`s result.

Serena conquered Halep`s redoubt

The clash between Serena Williams and Simona Halep was a long awaited match. When the draw came out, a potential quarterfinal featuring Serena and Simona was a delightful possibility.

Both players showed some great tennis during the first week at Flushing Meadows. Moreover, Halep has had a great summer swing on the hardcourt capped with a title in Montreal and a semifinal in Cincinnati.

The encounter went on a single side in the opening set with Halep being unable to control her emotions thus letting Serena in charge. The American had no problem in dealing with that situation and closed the set by 6-2.

The second act went on a different slope with the Romanian making all the great work. Halep pretty much controlled the set from the baseline forcing Serena to make a lot of unforcederrors. In the end, the world no. 5 took the set by 6-4 and pushed the encounter into a decisive 3rd set.

No matter how hard Simona Halep fought, in the end, it was Serena Williams taking the victory on a ride. The 3rd set was nothing more than a statement from the American.

Serena was a bit tense in the early stages of the set, but once she got that right, things went on the right path. Throughout this match, Serena Williams` serve was a weapon to rely on as she served 18 aces. Eventually, she closed the set by 6-3 setting a semifinal against Karolina Pliskova (11 WTA). The 24-years-old Czech player just reached her maiden Grand Slam semifinal.

Williams almost completed the job

In order to win a Grand Slam, a tennis player must win seven matches in a row.

By reaching the semifinals, Serena won her fifth clash in a row. There`ll be two more bumps ahead. The semifinal against Pliskova is the first one, followed by a potential final against either Angelique Kerber or Caroline Wozniacki. While Wozniacki enjoys a delightful reboot at the US Open, for the German the stake is higher. If she faces Serena in the final, besides a Grand Slam title, the winner will go home with an additional prize, namely the WTA crown.

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