Serena storms into ninth US Open final

Serena storms into ninth US Open final

Williams will face either 2017 runner-up Madison Keys, the 14th seed, or Japan's Naomi Osaka for the title on Saturday.

Osaka, seeded 20th, became the first Japanese woman to reach a Grand Slam final with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over American Madison Keys - last year's beaten finalist.

With a win on Saturday in the finals, Williams would take the 24th Grand Slam singles title of her career and move into a tie with Margaret Court for the most Grand Slam singles titles in tennis history. It will be a really good match. I'd suggest that this final is symptomatic of a current group of players with no outstanding candidate and are largely capable of beating each other.

"She definitely executed the best that I've ever played against her".

But Williams will represent the stiffest test yet for Osaka after also cruising mostly unchallenged into the final, her only real blip coming in the fourth round when she needed three sets to get by Estonian Kaia Kanepi.

"It was really impressive".

"I'm just going to go out there and play". 'I think, of course, he'll have things to say that could be helpful. "I just usually come in to shake hands, but tonight I thought I had to come in to have a chance". And if a person does match her level, because she's Serena, she will step up and she will win.

"I shouldn't think of her as my idol, just as an opponent".

Her big serves are supplemented by brutally heavy ground-strokes. It's tough to return.

Fifteen months younger than her sister Venus, Serena did what big sis failed to do in the 1997 tournament and topped World No. 1 Martina Hingis. "I shouldn't have gotten broken twice in the first set - I had game points in both games".

"It feels a little bit surreal", she added to reporters. She represents Japan on the court, but feels in many ways like she represents the best of America and its melting-pot ideals. She and her older sister Mari took up tennis at a young age, training at the ProWorld Tennis Academy in Delray, Florida.

The Serbian held four set points in the second set, but Williams won 10 of the last 16 points for a "magical" ninth major title. She hits with as much pace and penetration as any player and can generate this easy power because her ball-striking is so clean. If she's sad, she's going show it.

In August, when she felt like she was losing the drive to play tennis, she hired four-time Grand Slam doubles champion Rennae Stubbs as her new coach. "You're just asking me".

Tuesday's clash was a match-up of the serve masters: Pliskova's serve is one of the best on tour, only behind Serena's.

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