September 6, 2018 / 7:58 AM / 2 months ago

Serena Williams: player profile

(Reuters) - Form guide for American Serena Williams ahead of Thursday’s U.S. Open semi-final clash against Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova (prefix number denotes seeding):

Sep 4, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the United States serves to Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic in a quarter-final match on day nine of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS

17-Serena Williams

Age: 36

Height: 1.75 meters

Plays: Right handed

WTA ranking: 26

Grand Slam titles: 23 (Australian Open 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017; French Open 2002, 2013, 2015; Wimbledon 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016; U.S. Open 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Williams passed her toughest test at this year’s U.S. Open with flying colors on Tuesday, beating eighth seed Karolina Pliskova in straight sets to reach her ninth consecutive semi-final at Flushing Meadows.

The 36-year-old returned to competitive tennis in a Fed Cup tie in February after giving birth to her first child last year. In July, Williams reached the Wimbledon final but lost to Angelique Kerber.

Williams will be the heavy favorite to lift her first Grand Slam trophy since the Australian Open in 2017 and equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles.

ROAD TO SEMI-FINALS:

First round: beat Magda Linette (Poland) 6-4 6-0

Second round: beat Carina Witthoeft (Germany) 6-2 6-2

Third Round: beat 16-Venus Williams (U.S.) 6-1 6-2

Fourth Round: beat Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) 6-0 4-6 6-3

Quarter-finals: beat 8-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-3

Compiled by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru

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