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Serena advances into 10th US Open final: I don't expect anything less

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 6 Sep 2019
  • Serena races into 10th US Open final
  • The 37-year-old dropped just four games against Svitolina in the semi-finals
  • Serena goes on to face Andreescu in Saturday's final
Serena Williams (PA Images)

Serena Williams is once again one win away from securing her 24th Grand Slam title after powering past Elina Svitolina in straight sets in Thursday night’s U.S. Open semi-finals.

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Despite being below her best, Serena only allowed Svitolina - who had not dropped a set on her way to the semi-finals - four games in a 6-1 6-3 victory, reaching her 10th U.S. Open final in style.

"It's really good. I mean, to be in yet another final, it seems honestly crazy. But I don't really expect too much less," Serena said in her post-match press conference.
“It definitely wasn't my best tennis. I definitely know I could have played better. I'm just focusing on not that, just the next match."

Both players appeared nervous and tentative to start the match, but it was Serena who managed to settle after winning two lengthy opening games.

Svitolina had a total of nine game points across the first three games, but she couldn’t capitalise on any of them, and after that, she struggled to impose herself from the baseline as she struggled with her timing.

Serena closed out the opening set, and after securing an early break in the second the writing was on the wall for Svitolina, who’s unforced error count grew as the match went on. Serena raced out to a double break lead and claimed the win with a backhand winner down the line in just 70 minutes.

Serena Williams (PA Images)
The 37-year-old finished the match with 33 winners to 20 unforced errors and dropped just four points behind her first serve. By contrast, Svitolina stuck just 11 winners, compared to 17 unforced errors, and was zero from six on break points.

It’s the fourth Grand Slam final Serena has advanced to since returning to the sport after giving birth to her first child in September 2017, with the American falling in the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals to Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka last year, while Simona Halep got the better of her at the All England Club a couple of months ago.

However, Serena says she was much better prepared for this U.S. Open - and it’s showing, with the 23-time major champion dropping just one set on her way to the final, while she’s only lost five games combined in her quarter-final and semi-final.

"I felt more prepared this tournament,” Serena revealed. “Wimbledon I probably had a week to prepare, so that was amazing. Australia, I was super prepared. I did great, then rolled my ankle. I shouldn't have even played the French Open. That was just a bonus just to compete in another Grand Slam.
"I just feel like I actually had time to train. I joked I trained more for Canada than I did for any other tournament this year, which was kind of funny. I just had a really tough year with injuries, mostly bad luck. I just needed to get injury-free."

Serena will face 19-year-old sensation Bianca Andreescu in Saturday’s U.S. Open final.

Incredibly, Andreescu wasn’t even born when Serena won her first U.S. Open title in 1999. The Canadian won her 13th straight match in the second semi-final, beating Belinda Bencic in straight sets.

It’s a rematch of the Rogers Cup final from last month, where Serena was forced to retire after a few games because of a back injury.


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Serena advances into 10th US Open final: I don't expect anything less

Serena Williams is once again one win away from securing her 24th Grand Slam title after powering past Elina Svitolina in straight sets in Thursday night’s U.S. Open semi-finals.

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