Six-time champion Serena Williams roared in her ninth US Open final on Thursday with an emphatic 6-3, 6-0 victory over Anastasija Sevastova. Serena, 17th seed in her bid to increase her 23 Grand Slam titles for the first time since the birth of her daughter Olympia on September 1 last year, needed only 66 minutes to dispatch to the 19th list head of Latvia, which was playing in it first semifinal of the Grand Slam. Serena will face Japan's Naomi Osaka for the title on Saturday. Naomi Osaka took a slice of tennis history on Thursday, beating Madison Keys 6-2, 6-4 in the US Open semifinal, to become the first Japanese woman to reach a Grand Slam final.
Osaka, a 20-year-old Florida resident who has been in the last four bouts for the first time, will face serene Grand Slam winner Serena Williams in Saturday's championship game.
"Honestly, it's really amazing," Serena said of reaching a second Grand Slam final of the year, after being a finalist at Wimbledon.
"A year ago I was fighting for my life in the hospital after having the baby," added Serena, who fought blood clots that threatened life after a difficult birth.
"Every time I go out on this court I am very grateful to have the opportunity to play this sport.
"Get that far so fast … I'm really waiting for the possibilities.
As in her semifinal victory over Karolina Pliskova, Serena took a while to warm up, dropping her serve in the opening game.
But he was back on the terms after a 2-2 break, giving himself a chance with a passive shot and getting the break when Sevastova's attempt from a shot from the depth of the court could not go through the net.
From there Serena was in the attack, winning 24 of 28 points on the network. After breaking again to get a 4-2 lead, he produced a convincing grip that included the first of his four aces.
Serving for the first set opened with an ace of 120 mph (193 km / h) and Sevastova had no answers.
"I've been working hard on my volleys," Serena said of her aggressive game plan. "I've won some doubles championships, so I know how to volley.
"Usually, I come to shake hands," he joked. "I wanted to try something different today and it worked in my favor".
Sevastova, who beat defending champion Sloane Stephens to reach the semifinals, regretted "some stupid games that I lost."
"How was the first set affected me in the second a bit," he said. "I should not have broken twice in the first set, I had game points in both games."
Once Serena was in front, said Sevastova, there was no way to stop her.
"When she's at the front it's hard to play," he said. "I tried her games, but she served well – when someone serves an ace of 123 miles per hour, there's not much you can do."