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Serena sweeps into semis, chalks up 100th US Open win

Wednesday, 2019-09-04 10:02:59
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Sept 3, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the USA celebrates match point against Qiang Wang of China in a quarterfinal match on day nine of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. (Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
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Serena Williams claimed her 100th win at the US Open in style on Tuesday, dismantling her quarter-final opponent Wang Qiang 6-1 6-0 in a blistering 44-minute performance to set up a semifinal meeting with Elina Svitolina.

* Daniil Medvedev may not win any popularity contests at Flushing Meadows but remained on course for a US Open title on Tuesday, taming Stan Wawrinka 7-6(6) 6-3 3-6 6-1 to reach his first grand slam semi-final.

* Rafa Nadal faced his stiffest challenge yet at the US Open but raised his game to beat Marin Cilic 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-2 on Monday (Sep 2) and continue his quest for a fourth Flushing Meadows title. Next up for the 18-time Grand Slam champion is a quarterfinal meeting with Argentine Diego Schwartzman.

* Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu battled past a tenacious Taylor Townsend 6-1 4-6 6-2 in a late night thriller at the U.S. Open on Monday to reach her first grand slam quarter-final and end the American's fairytale run at Flushing Meadows.

* Elina Svitolina continued her dominant run against Johanna Konta with a 6-4 6-4 win on Tuesday to reach the US Open semi-finals for the first time.

* Qatar unveiled the logo for the 2022 World Cup which will be hosted by the Gulf emirate by displaying it in public spaces in Doha and cities around the world on Tuesday (Sep 3).

* Bayern Munich and former German national team football star Jerome Boateng, 31, has been charged with assault after allegedly attacking his former partner, German prosecutors confirmed on Tuesday (Sep 3).

* Clubs from Europe's 'big five' leagues in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany combined to spend a record £5 billion (US$6 billion) on transfer fees during the summer transfer window, financial experts Deloitte revealed on Tuesday (Sep 3).

* Primoz Roglic eased to victory in Stage 10 of the Vuelta a Espana, taking the red jersey after excelling in the individual time trial on Tuesday, putting himself in a commanding position to win the race.

* Africa's lesser-known soccer teams will enjoy worldwide exposure in the next week after FIFA announced that their opening World Cup qualifying matches would be live-streamed on its website and on Youtube.

* Eight member associations will continue their bid to host the expanded women's World Cup in 2023, soccer's world governing body FIFA confirmed on Tuesday. Bidding member associations include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and the Republic of Korea.

Reuters, CNA