Serena Williams can prepare for her tenth US Open final. The American once again showed its top form in the night from Thursday to Friday, putting Elina Svitolina, who is also playing strong, aside for more than an hour with 6-3 and 6-1.
Because of her victory, Williams has now won as many games at the tournament as the legendary tennis player Chris Evert. Both American women won 101 games.
If Williams wins the US Open, in addition to breaking Evert's record, Williams can also match an ancient record of Margaret Court. The Australian tennis legend won 24 Grand Slam titles in singles between 1960 and 1973.
The American has one less but has already won the Flushing Meadows tournament six times. In 1999, the 23-time Grand Slam winner did that for the first time and in 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Williams was the strongest.
Svitolina and Williams treat the public to top-level tennis
The audience at the Arthur Ashe Stadium was treated to top-level tennis. The fifth-ranked Svitolina, who did not lose this tournament yet, promised to make it a "spectacle" before the game and hoped to get Williams "out of balance" with his own powerful blows.
Particularly in the first games of the game, the 24-year-old Williams' game plan seemed to get into trouble. The American could not dictate the rally as she is used to and was under pressure from the attacking game by Svitolina.
Williams, however, managed to get down pretty well and with her devastating blows the 37-year-old got more and more control over the game. Crucial points were decided in favor of the American, despite good opposition from Svitolina. In the end, Williams only needed one break in the first set.
In the second set, Svitolina's resistance seemed broken early. Williams took two quick breaks and took fifteen minutes to a 4-1 lead.
With a final break Williams booked her ticket for the final battle. In it she faces the winner of the other semi-final that is played between Bianca Andreescu and Belinda Bencic