Tuesday 20 November, 2018

Serena Williams rolls into US Open final

A year after missing the tournament and giving birth to her daughter during it, Serena Williams reached the final in Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2014. (AP Photo)

A year after missing the tournament and giving birth to her daughter during it, Serena Williams reached the final in Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2014. (AP Photo)

Serena Williams will play for her record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title after advancing to the U.S. Open final with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Anastasija Sevastova.

Williams, seeded 17th, will play 14th-seeded Madison Keys or No. 20 Naomi Osaka on Saturday.

A year after missing the tournament and giving birth to her daughter during it, Williams reached the final in Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2014, when she won the last of her six U.S. Open titles.

She would equal Margaret Court's record for most major titles by winning Saturday. She missed a chance earlier this summer when she fell to Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final.

Williams dropped the first two games to the 19th-seeded Sevastova with the roof closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium, and then won five straight against the first-time Grand Slam semifinalist from Latvia.

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