September 6, 2009
Serena demolishes Daniela Hantuchova in 4th Rnd
Serena defeated Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-0 in 4th round action at the US Open. The second seed won 10 straight games from 2-2 to overpower Hantuchova in 64 minutes and reach the last eight without dropping a set. Hantuchova started brightly but as soon as Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Williams found her range, the match was as good as over. The American broke twice in the first set and three times in the second to set up a quarter-final against either Russian seventh seed Vera Zvonareva or 10th seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy.
Williams has reached the quarterfinals at 11 of the past 12 major tournaments and won the title at three of the past four. With the score 2-all against Hantuchova, Williams hit three aces to hold for a 3-2 lead -- and she wouldn't lose a game the rest of the way. She has won all eight sets she's played this year at Flushing Meadows. "I tried to relax," Williams said after improving to 8-1 against Hantuchova over their careers. "Sometimes I'm such a perfectionist, I put too much stress on myself. I was like, 'Serena, relax!"