“Once I get on a good run at a tournament, I’m pretty consistent, pretty solid,” she said after the 6-3, 6-3 win. “I just try to keep playing, keep competing, fight hard. Once you get to this point, the quarters, semis, finals of a tournament, everyone is good. You just have to compete hard, try to stay calm, and play your game as best you can.”

The reigning US Open champion has proven remarkably consistent in the latter stages of tournaments, winning four straight semifinal matches dating back to her maiden major title run in Flushing Meadows. Early losses have come in between, but the highs have only gotten higher in 2018 with a Miami Open victory and that runner-up finish at Roland Garros.

“Babe, if I knew the answer to that, I would do it every week,” she joked when asked what works well when she’s at her best. “I haven’t quite figured that out. Overall I’m playing good. Good weather, good conditions, good court. We’re in North America. Food is good. Just pretty consistent overall.

“I can’t put my finger on one thing to say that’s the reason why I’m playing well. Just kind of good weeks come and good weeks go. So I don’t know. I wish I knew the answer.”

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