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Tennis - 04. September 2019.

Serena Williams earns 100th US Open singles win


Serena Williams defeated Qiang Wang of China on Tuesday to punch her ticket to the 2019 US Open semifinals and reach an impressive milestone.

Williams' victory inside Arthur Ashe Stadium was her 100th career singles match win in New York City. Here's how her century of triumphs breaks down.

By round, Williams' 100 wins came as follows: 

  • 19 in the first round
  • 19 in the second round
  • 18 in the third round
  • 16 in the fourth round
  • 13 in the quarterfinals
  • nine in the semifinals
  • six in the final
 
1: Only one player has retired against Williams at the US Open: Vitalia Diatchenko retired, trailing 6-0, 2-0, in the 2015 first round.
 
4: Williams has won four US Open singles matches against players who were No. 1 in the world at the time: Martina Hingis in the 1999 final and 2001 semifinal, Caroline Wozniacki in the 2011 semifinal, and Victoria Azarenka in the 2012 championship match.

6: Williams has won six US Open singles matches after losing the first set, including this year against Caty McNally in the second round. Williams famously won back-to-back-to-back three-set matches after dropping the opening set in 1999 when she defeated Kim Clijsters, Conchita Martinez and Monica Seles in consecutive matches en route to claiming her first Grand Slam women's singles title.

9: In her 100 match wins, Williams has played just nine tiebreaks, winning seven.

13: Williams has defeated 13 different opponents more than once in New York. The player she has defeated the most? Big sister Venus Williams four times (2002, 2008, 2015, 2018). The others are Victoria Azarenka, Daniella Hantuchova, Ana Ivanovic, Lindsay Davenport and Ekaterina Makarova (three times each) and Martina Hingis, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Caroline Wozniacki, Yaroslava Shvedova, Kaia Kanepi, Vania King and Dinara Safina (twice each).

13: Williams has a perfect winning record against left-handers at the US Open with 13 victories over 10 different lefty opponents. 

August 28, 2019 - Serena Williams waves to the crowd after winning her match against Catherine McNally at the 2019 US Open. (Photo by Mike Lawrence/USTA)
Photo by Mike Lawrence/USTA

14: Wins against players outside the Top 100. The lowest-ranked player she has defeated in New York is world No. 261 Yung Jan Chan of Taiwan, whom she beat 6-1, 6-3 in the 2005 first round. In 2002, Williams' opening match was against unranked Corina Morariu of Romania. Morariu had recently returned to the WTA Tour after undergoing chemotherapy treatment for leukemia in 2001 and 2002.

22: In the 100 singles matches Williams has won in the Big Apple, she has won 22 sets 6-0, including the second set against Wang on Tuesday. New Yorkers love a good bagel. Williams has earned two 6-0, 6-0 wins at the US Open: Against Andrea Hlavackova in the fourth round in 2012 and then against Carla Suarez Navarro in the 2013 quarterfinals. 

30: Williams has defeated players from 30 different countries at the US Open, collecting 21 wins against Americans, 11 against Russians and seven against Italians. 

47: The number of wins coming against seeds. She also has five wins against qualifiers and five wins against wild cards. 

84: A display of her dominance, 84 percent of Williams' wins at the US Open have been in straight sets. 

95: Wins inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, No other player has more than Roger Federer, who has 77 wins in Ashe. Williams' .887 winning percentage in the tournament's main stadium is the highest of any player with at least 25 matches played. 

197: Williams has won 199 sets over her 100 wins. The most common set score is 6-3, which Williams has achieved 50 times.

7,674: Days between Williams' first and 100th US Open win. She won her first match against Nicole Pratt of Australia, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, on Aug. 31 1998.

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