Serena Williams enjoyed watching United States winning the women's World Cup. The American player said: “I was super excited for the US women to win and they’re amazing. It’s so good to see, they’ve had the whole nation cheering them on wherever you are.
I’m inspired by what they stand for. Taking a stand for being paid to be what they are: world champions. I’m really inspired by the team”. On reading notes during the match, she added: “The notes are for keeping focused on the match.
I’ve been looking at notes for decades, when I need them or need an extra something. I read them and try to stay focused. They’re messages I write myself”. Analyzing her win over Alison Riske, Serena concluded: “Today it was in my way in the wind, I missed a shot because it was in my face.
So I put the business bun up and got to business. I just needed to fight, Alison played great throughout the whole tournament, against players that have had great years. She was not giving it to me. I had to step up and take it”.
Williams will play the Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova in the semi-finals on Thursday. Strycova defeated Great Britain's Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals. This was her first semi-final in a Major in 53 appearances.
In the other semi-final, Simona Halep will take on Elina Svitolina. Halep defeated Shuai Zhang while Svitolina defeated Karolina Muchova in their respective quarter-finals.