Serena Williams bullied an overmatched Carla Suarez Navarro in the quarterfinals of the 2013 U.S. Open on Tuesday night, breezing to an easy double-bagel win, 6-0, 6-0, in just 53 minutes.
Williams is absolutely bulldozing her way through the women's draw right now, exhibiting a blend of power, athleticism and accuracy that simply has her playing on a different planet than everyone else.
Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal summed it up quite accurately:
Serena is just absurd. When she is on, utterly unbeatable.— Jason Gay (@jasonWSJ) September 3, 2013
Her newest clinical, decisive win over the 18th-seeded Navarro was another example of that.
It took about 30 seconds to realize Serena was once again on the top of her game. She smashed an ace on the very first serve of the match, and after four straight first serves in and four straight points, she had won the opening game faster than you can say, "Navarro has zero chance."
The world No. 1 followed that up with an incredibly easy break of Navarro's first serve, was up three-love in eight minutes, five-love in 14 minutes and had closed out the opening-set bagel in 19 minutes—or 1,140 seconds, if you were wondering.
ESPN Stats & Info puts her incredible night into perspective:
Serena Williams: first 6-0 6-0 win in Grand Slam quarters since 1989 US Open QF. Martina Navratilova defeated Manuela Maleeva 6-0, 6-0.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 4, 2013
Serena smashed three aces, 10 winners, and had as many net points (five) as Navarro had total points in the opening match.
Many of the points looked like this one, courtesy of the U.S. Open's Twitter account:
The second set was more of the same.
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Navarro was actually able to work her way to two break points down love-four, but two blazing, perfectly placed serves and two net approaches from Serena quickly put an end to that. Williams then went on to hold her serve and eventually end the match with another bagel.
In the end, she finished with four aces, 20 winners (to just nine unforced errors) and 53 total points to Navarro's 18.
The only thing you can say to No. 5 seed Li Na, who will face Serena in the semis after earning a hard-fought, three-set win over Ekaterina Makarova?