Venus Williams was the popular pick for tonight’s match, but 45 unforced errors later, Serena Williams is heading to her first semifinal at the Open since 2002 with a dramatic, hard-knocked 7-6, 7-6 win.
Moments after Serena won, she was greeted at the entryway of the women’s locker room by Venus’ companion Hank Kuehne who told her congratulations. She barely seemed to notice, and offered a half-hearted, "Yeah, oh, thank you." She was too busy smiling, a far different picture after her quarterfinal loss last year against Justine Henin when she entered the locker room sobbing.
"Definitely can’t believe I won," she offered to no one in particular, her voice full of glee, as she made her way into the locker room.