Serena Williams Wins 100th US Open Match: "It Never Crossed My Mind I'd Still Be Out Here"
Serena Williams won her 100th US Open singles match on Sept. 3 after defeating China's Wang Qiang 6-1, 6-0 in 44 minutes (the same amount of time as this HIIT workout). She became the second player to reach the 100 mark for singles at that major; Chris Evert holds the record with 101. "From when I first started here . . . I never thought that I would get to 100," Serena, who made her US Open debut in 1998, said after the match, according to the LA Times. "It never crossed my mind that I'd still be out here. I love what I do. I never want to let it go."
In August, the 37-year-old pulled out of the finals of the 2019 Rogers Cup due to a back injury, but after Serena's first win of the 2019 US Open against Russia's Maria Sharapova, she said in high spirits, "The body is good. I feel good, my back's a lot better so I'm excited. This is gonna be fun!" Serena echoed that on Tuesday, telling ESPN, "Physically, I'm feeling great . . . and more than anything, I'm having fun every time I come out here." That's what you'd want — to love what you do and feel like yourself, an absolute powerhouse, again.
Next, Serena plays Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, who's ranked 5th, on Sept. 5. Serena is ranked 8th, and the winner of that semifinal will contend for the 2019 US Open title. If Serena were to come out on top in both matches, she'd tie Australian Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. Serena's won the US Open six times in her career — and we're rooting for the GOAT's seventh victory.