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2019 US Open, women's singles, semi-final
Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York
Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) vs Serena Williams (USA)
Elina Svitolina will face one of the biggest challenges of her career when she takes on a red-hot Serena Williams in the semi-finals of the US Open. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 9am (AEST).
Svitolina has been on a hot run of form to reach the final four of the US Open, not dropping a set across her five matches and playing a dominant, aggressive style of tennis where she is regularly happy to attack inside the court.
However, the power and aggression of Williams is going to force the world No.5 to alter her style slightly, unless she can dominate off her serve and take the opportunities that come to her.
The Ukrainian did deal with excessive power in her fourth-round match well though, going past another American in Madison Keys without really raising a sweat.
To then follow up a high level of tennis in that match by blasting past Johanna Konta in straight sets during the quarter-finals illustrates where her form line is currently at, and the level of tennis she has played throughout this fortnight at Flushing Meadows.
Even at her best though, she may need to up the level some more to go with Williams, who only spent 44 minutes on court during an absolute beatdown of Qiang Wang during the quarter-finals.
The 6-1, 6-0 scoreline was a walk in the park for one of the greatest players of all time, who has only dropped a single set during the tournament.
While the level of players she has faced may be hiding the level she has played at just a little bit when compared to that of Svitolina’s run, Williams is taking care of business. Her serve has been phenomenal, her groundstrokes absolutely punishing, and more importantly, she has been cool and composed when pressure has struck.
If she can keep that level up, continue hitting her spots and play the level she is capable of, Williams may not be challenged in either of her two remaining matches, so well is she playing.
Given the other semi-final will feature Belinda Bencic and Bianca Andreescu, this match has a feeling of the final before the final attached to it.
Svitolina will give a good account of herself here. She might even be able to get a set, which could disrupt the momentum of Serena, but it’s hard to see the former world No.1 and possibly best player of all time, going to the final again.
Williams in three sets.
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Start time: 9am (AEST)
Venue: Arthur Ashe Stadium, Billie Jean King Tennis Center, New York
TV: Live, ESPN, SBS
Online: Live, Kayo Sports, Foxtel App, Foxtel Now, Fetch TV, Watch ESPN, SBS on Demand
Betting: Williams $1.33, Svitolina $3.25
Overall record: Played 5, Williams 4, Svitolina 1