Elina Svitolina overcomes Johanna Konta to reach her first US Open semifinal

Serena Williams returns a shot against Qiang Wang

Serena Williams returns a shot against Qiang Wang

Johanna Konta's run at the US Open came to an end in the quarter-finals when she was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Elina Svitolina last night.

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Elina Svitolina defeats Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-4 to move on to the semifinals of the 2019 US Open.

For Konta, it is now a trip to Broadway to watch actor Tom Hiddleston in "Betrayal". Svitolina won several points that yielded an ovation from her team and the crowd alike. Despite leading the scoreboard, the Ukrainian struggled to hold her serve and had to save a break point before confirming the break and lead 5-3. Konta fought back and gained a break point after hitting an unreachable dropshot which would later be converted after Svitolina failed to hit a slice over the net.

As Williams motored towards a bagel, Wang cut an increasingly disconsolate figure and the match was brought to a merciful end inside three quarters of an hour when the 37-year-old crunched home her 24th victor.

A whopping 35 unforced errors from Konta contributed to a 6-4, 6-4 win for Svitolina who becomes the first Ukranian woman to reach the last four.

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The 24-year-old said: "I think we were both striking the ball well, it was quite even, I'm just very happy with the way I handled the pressure".

During her on-court interview with ESPN's Pam Shriver, Svitolina said her approach to winning was to take it "one point at a time." . The Ukrainian wasn't unnerved and served really good to win the game to 15 and the match.

Williams, seeded eighth, is chasing a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.

She is attempting to go one step further than compatriot Andrei Medvedev, who lost the men's 1999 French Open final in five sets to Andre Agassi. Williams will be the heavy favourite but Svitolina insists she expects the task of making the final to be just as hard if it was Wang who had prevailed. I was going very slowly. I actually felt like I was doing a lot of good things out there, a lot of the right things. Not slowly as slow, you know.

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