Serena Williams is two wins away from her record 23rd Grand Slam title.
Williams, the top seed in the U.S. Open women’s singles draw, knocked off No. 5 Simona Halep 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals.
Halep won a tense second set, but Williams dominated the third to advance to the 11th U.S. Open semifinal of her career.
Wednesday’s night session will conclude with a men’s quarterfinal between Stan Wawrinka and Juan Martin del Potro.
See below for a closer look at Wednesday night’s results.
For news and results from Wednesday’s day session, including victories by Karolina Pliskova and Kei Nishikori, check out SI.com’s recap.
No. 1 Serena Williams d. No. 5 Simona Halep: Serena Williams is back in the U.S. Open semifinals after beating Simona Halep in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Williams got the win, but it wasn’t as smooth as it could have been—she forced 20 break point opportunities and only converted four. She also hit 43 unforced errors, though she did tally 50 winners.
In the semifinals, Williams will face Karolina Pliskova, who beat Ana Konjuh earlier on Wednesday after knocking out Venus Williams in the fourth round. In their sole meeting, Williams beat Pliskova in straight sets in 2014.
Last year, of course, Williams lost in the semifinals to Roberta Vinci. Williams is seeking the seventh U.S. Open title of her career.
With her win on Wednesday, Williams improved to 8-1 against Halep over her career.
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