Serena Williams has ended Jo Konta’s bid to claim her first Grand Slam title, after a 6-2 6-3 win over the Brit.
The No. 2 seed will play unseeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and No. 13 seed Venus Williams will meet Vandeweghe in the semifinals. The first time two players over the age of 35 have reached the semifinals of the Open.
Serena Williams made it to her 10th straight major semifinal after beating the No. 9 seed in 75 minutes.
“I was just really happy to get through that,” Serena said in her on-court interview. “The main focus is actually my serve. I missed a lot today and got frustrated. I thought, ‘Stop complaining, don’t be Babyrena.’ Just have fun and really try to enjoy the moment,’ and I did.
Serena acknowledged in her postmatch news conference that her first serve “hasn’t been great all tournament, so I’ve been kind of relying on my second serve.”
“Also my whole game. I’ve been relying on my groundstrokes, forehand, backhand,” she explained. “My returns have really picked up.”
“Thirty is the new 10,” Serena said. “I’m so proud of Mirjana. It’s so good to see her back out here in the semifinals. No matter what happens, somebody older than 34 is going to be in the final.”
Lucic-Baroni’s earlier win was far more emotional.
When she won, she crossed herself several times and fell to her knees, tears in her eyes.