Serena back to US Open final with record in sight

Friday, 06 Sep, 2019

Bidding to become the oldest major champion in tennis history, Williams advanced to her 10th final in NY with a 6-3 6-1 victory over the Ukrainian world No 5 on Thursday night (Friday NZT). She gives lots of power. She was awfully good, though, which was more than enough.

"Physically, I'm feeling great", Williams told ESPN of her injury.

"Yeah, that's a good stat for me".

No. 15 Bianca Andreescu will face off against No. 25 Elise Mertens on Wednesday night in the women's singles quarterfinals. Not only was Williams the only one of the eight female quarterfinalists to ever have won a Grand Slam singles title, but she also was the only who even has reached a major final before.

"On the important moments, she step up, always step up, always brings her best game", Svitolina said.

"I've had so many chances to pass it (Court's record) and to have a lot more, but it's cool because I'm playing in an era with so many - five eras with so many wonderful players". Sometimes I think they're just kind of thrown around.

While Williams didn't play a flawless match from Svitolina's perspective, the former World No.1 maintained a level she, herself, hopes to emulate at major tournaments in the future.

Elina Svitolina was no match for Serena Williams in their US Open semi-final
Elina Svitolina was no match for Serena Williams in their US Open semi-final

Yet to drop a set in the tournament, Svitolina has been the cleanest player on show, committing less than one unforced error per game. "It's probably going to be really tough against her".

After watching Serena Williams play like it is nothing in the Flushing Meadows through the years, it hardly comes as a surprise to see her reach the semifinal once again. To use a comparison with another sport, her progress reminds me a little bit of Rob Cross' progression to his first World Championship in Darts - his stats were superb and he performed very well in tournaments for a number of months prior to the World Championships, but still went into the tournament a little under-rated by many.

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates her victory against Qiang Wang of China in the Women's Singles Quarter-Finals match on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. Her only defeat against the fifth seed came at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics - their most recent encounter - after winning the previous four matches. "Like, I really don't know what to say". She is 0-3 in those finals, most recently losing to Simona Halep at Wimbledon. Svitolina is in her second Grand Slam semi after seeing off Jo Konta.

Serena is ranked 8th, and the victor of that semifinal will contend for the 2019 US Open title.

"I don't get to do something with my daughter every day but he used to get out there every day and hit with us".

"I don't think she played awesome today but she played very high level at the beginning where you had to make a difference", said Svitolina.