Elina Svitolina hails Serena Williams longevity after US Open semi-final defeat

Elina Svitolina was well beaten (Picture: Getty)

Elina Svitolina hailed Serena Williams longevity after she was comfortably beaten in the semi-finals of the US Open, labelling the 37-year-old as unbelievable for still operating at the level shes at.

Williams overpowered her Ukrainian opponent in a 6-3 6-1 win on Thursday night in New York to book her spot in a 10th US Open final – some 20 years after her first.

Despite being three weeks away from her 38th birthday, Williams covered the court with ease and pelted the ball with her usual ferocity. Shes showing few signs of slowing down.

Svitolina was left marvelling at the 23-time Grand Slam champions ability to perform in such a manner at the age of 37 and for continuing to have the drive to succeed in a notoriously ruthless sport.

Well, I dont think I can do it, first of all, she said. What she does is unbelievable effort on a daily basis.

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I know that you have to work every day. You have to be always ready, always prepared for any match because everyone most of the time now playing their best level against you. All the girls from the first round, theyre ready to give a fight, take their chances.

Serena Williams celebrates after reaching the US Open final
Serena Williams is into the final (Picture: Getty Images)

What she does and what she achieved, its something unbelievable. For sure, everyone who dream about it. For now, only her who can do it. Its really unbelievable.

Its been a good summer for Svitolina, who has reached back-to-back Slam semi-finals following her run at Wimbledon, where she lost to eventual champion Simona Halep.

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