New York City, USA: Serena Williams is through to her 31st Grand Slam final and her ninth in New York after an emphatic win over Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova 6-3 6-0 in their US Open semi-final today.
Serena Williams fell behind early in her semifinal with 19 seeded Anastasija Sevastova but returned to her dominant ways to advance to the US Open final.
Just seven months and seven tournaments removed from returning to competition following the birth of her first child, Williams was back at her best and needed just 66 minutes to beat the 19th seeded Latvian and reach her 31st Grand Slam final.
Williams fell behind 2-0 to Sevastova but then won five games in a row and 12 of 13 to win 6-3, 6-0. She had fallen behind 3-1 and 4-2 in the quarterfinal against Karolina Pliskova before rallying.
Williams will be appearing in her second consecutive Grand Slam final. She lost to Angelique Kerber at the Wimbledon final.
If she wins Saturday, it would be her seven US Open title and 24th Grand Slam title, which would bring her even with current Grand Slam title record-holder Margaret Court of Australia.
Serena Williams now has another shot at winning her first Grand Slam title since giving birth.
Williams has already long established her place as one of the all-time greats – if not the greatest – and has another chance to cement that by ensuring no-one else in the history of the game has more major victories than her.
Williams – who came back from maternity leave in March – walked off Arthur Ashe Stadium court with a wave and twirl to await the winner of the other semi-final between Japan’s Naomi Osaka and American Madison Keys, who lost last year’s final to Sloane Stephens.
The 36-year-old will play either fellow American Madison Keys or Japan’s Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s final.