By Diane Pucin
7:55 PM CDT, September 3, 2013
NEW YORK — Serena Williams, the No. 1-ranked player in the world and the top seed and defending champion at the U.S. Open needed only 52 minutes to win a quarterfinal match, 6-0, 6-0, over her 18th-seeded Spanish opponent, Carla Suarez Navarro.
It was Suarez Navarro's 25th birthday, and Williams made sure she would be able to have an early dinner and birthday cake.
Next up for Williams will be fifth-seeded Li Na of China.
"I expect a great match," Williams said of that semifinal matchup. "She's playing some of the best tennis in her career. I'm going to come out and have some fun. Whatever happens, I'll come out and enjoy myself."
Williams had 20 winners to only three by Suarez Navarro, and Williams won 53 points compared with only 18 by Suarez Navarro.
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