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US Open: Svit win for Serena Williams

AFP
Published Sep 7, 2019, 1:36 am IST
Updated Sep 7, 2019, 1:36 am IST
Williams storms into U.s. final with win over svitolina.
Serena Williams celebrates her victory over Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the women’s singles semifinal of the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on Thursday. Serena won 6-3, 6-1. (Photo: AFP)
 Serena Williams celebrates her victory over Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the women’s singles semifinal of the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on Thursday. Serena won 6-3, 6-1. (Photo: AFP)

New York: Serena Williams will face Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu for the US Open title as the American set herself up for another attempt to clinch a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title.

Williams, who turns 38 this month, cruised into a 10th US Open final Thursday by brushing aside fifth seed Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1, earning her 101st win at the tournament to draw level with Chris Evert for the most in history.

 

Williams is seeking to match Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 major titles and will play 19-year-old Andreescu, who defeated Belinda Bencic 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, on Saturday in her bid for a record seventh US Open triumph.

She won her first Grand Slam title at the 1999 US Open — before Andreescu was even born — but has lost her last three major finals since capturing the 2017 Australian Open crown while pregnant. She hasn’t won the US Open since 2014.

Williams fought off six break points across her opening three service games before finding her rhythm to dispatch Wimbledon semi-finalist Svitolina in 70 minutes, hitting 34 winners against just 20 unforced errors.

 

Williams, who was beaten by Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final in July, returns to the championship match in New York a year on from her infamous meltdown in a loss to Naomi Osaka overshadowed by controversy.

Svitolina, 24, was attempting to become just the second Ukrainian to play in a Grand Slam singles final after Andrei Medvedev, who lost in five sets to Andre Agassi at the 1999 French Open. “On the important moments, she steps up, always steps up, always brings her best game,” she said.

“She knows what she has to do. She has unbelievable strength. She gives lots of power. There’s lots of power behind her shots all the time,” Svitolina added.

 

Andreescu, who fell in US Open qualifying the past two years, continued her meteoric rise on her main draw debut in New York to overcome former Swiss prodigy Bencic.

The 15th-seeded Canadian played catch-up for much of the opening set and saved a set point at 4-5 with a forehand winner, but she rattled off the first five points of the tie-break and sealed it when Bencic swatted a forehand long.

Bencic, the 13th seed, raced 5-2 ahead with a double break in the second set but Andreescu refused to buckle and reeled off the final five games to set up a rematch of last month’s Toronto final against Williams, who retired from that clash with a back injury.

 

Andreescu is trying to become the first Canadian singles Grand Slam champion.

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