Twenty-three time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams avenged her 2016 loss to Karolina Pliskova in stunning fashion to make it to the semifinals of the US Open for the ninth time. Also Read - US Open 2020: Former Champions Kim Clijsters And Andy Murray Handed Wild Cards

In a highly-anticipated quarterfinal clash with fellow former World No.1, Williams outclassed Pliskova 6-4, 6-3 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday night. Also Read - Tennis: US Open 2020 Reduces Prize Money Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, Singles Champions to Get $850K Less

Williams, the winner of 23 Grand Slam singles crowns — one shy of the all-leader Australian Margaret Court—is seeking her first Grand Slam trophy since giving birth to daughter Olympia last September. Also Read - World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty Withdraws From US Open 2020 Citing Coronavirus Fears

The 36-year-old last played Pliskova at this event two years ago, with the Czech that took her into a maiden Grand Slam final and later the top of the WTA rankings. “I was having a baby at this time last year so I really have nothing to prove,” Williams said after the match. “I really feel now that I am playing free,” she added.

In the semifinals scheduled for Friday, the American will meet Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, who toppled defending champion Sloane Stephens in the earlier in the day. Williams is presently No. 26 in the world. She will climb back up the world rankings and could end up No. 11 if she wins the title on Saturday.