Wonder Woman! Serena Williams takes step closer to equalling Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record as she beats Elina Svitolina in straight sets to book spot in US Open final
- Serena Williams reached the US Open final with a clinical straight sets victory
- The American veteran beat Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1 under the lights in New York
- Williams is looking to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles
- She will face the winner of Belinda Bencic and Bianca Andreescu in the final
The long-cherished dream of Serena Williams to win a historic 24th Grand Slam title as a parent is finally in sight.
The 37-year-old American is one match away from equalling Margaret Court’s record after producing a superb performance to defeat world No 5 Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1 before a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium to make the US Open final.
She was left awaiting the winner of the second semi-final between outstanding Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu and 22-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.
Serena Williams put on a breathtaking display to book her place in the final of the US Open
The American veteran is one match away from equalling Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record
Elina Svitolina struggled to cope with Serena’s forehand power and was beaten 6-3, 6-1
Tennis icon Billie Jean King was in attendance in Arthur Ashe Stadium to take in the match
WOMEN’S SINGLES WINS AT THE US OPEN
101 = Chris Evert
101 = Serena Williams
89 – Martina Navratilova
79 – Venus Williams
73 – Steffi Graf
Providing she can hold her nerve and composure, which has not always happened in recent Grand Slams finals, she is certainly in the kind of form that would see her holding the trophy on Saturday evening.
Winning the title would represent her first Major since the 2017 Australian Open, and the first that she has won since giving birth to her daughter in September that year.
‘They were long games at the start, she is such a good player and I just wanted not to get off to a slow start,’ said Williams after her 101st victory at this event, equalling Chris Evert.
‘I don’t think about it, I just come out here and do what I can. Being in any club with Chrissie is awesome.’
Serena showed great mobility across the stadium court just weeks before she turns 38
Svitolina has been impressive in this tournament but could not contend with the return game
Her ballstriking was utterly uncompromising and her improved mobility was also a factor, only weeks before she turns 38.
As she demonstrated when beating Jo Konta in the last eight, the Ukrainian is a tough nut to crack, extremely consistent and a brilliant coverer of the baseline.
In a 41-minute first set of high quality hitting Williams came through a couple of close early games to forge her way to a 3-0 lead and then defended it relatively comfortably.
She has the armoury to hit the through even an outstanding defender like Svitolina, who was forced back into the corners by the penetration of her opponent.
Another factor was Williams’s brutal treatment of any serve that lacked depth. She stood intimidatingly up on the baseline to receive, putting massive pressure on the Ukrainian who produced a series of double faults as a result.
Another scorching return saw the American break for 2-1 in the second, and that seemed to break her spirit. Having won her last match in 44 minutes, this one took only one hour and ten minutes against high calibre opposition, putting her in the perfect place for the final challenge.
The Ukrainian’s boyfriend, Gael Monfils, wrapped up warm as he watched on from the stands
There was mutual respect between the two players at the end as Serena reached the final