NEW YORK, Sept 6: Serena Williams cruised into a 10th US Open final on Thursday as she brushed aside fifth seed Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1 to claim a record-equalling 101st win at Flushing Meadows.
Williams is seeking a 24th Grand Slam singles title to match Margaret Court�s all-time record and will face Bianca Andreescu on Saturday in her bid for a record seventh US Open triumph.
Canadian teenager Andreescu won 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 against Belinda Bencic in Thursday�s semifinal.
The 19-year-old Andreescu is just the second women�s Grand Slam finalist from Canada � after Eugenie Bouchard at Wimbledon in 2014 � and will bid to become the first teen Grand Slam champion since Maria Sharapova won at Flushing Meadows in 2006.
�It�s just surreal. I really don�t know what to say. It�s a dream come true playing Serena in the finals of the US open. It�s crazy, it�s crazy,� Andreescu said.
�I think it�s just all the hard work I�ve put in through the years. If someone told me a year ago I would be in the US Open final this year, I�d tell them they were crazy.�
Andreescu, in her US Open main draw debut, saved a set point in the opening set against fellow first-time Grand Slam semifinalist Bencic, the 13th seed from Switzerland, before edging the tie-break.
She trailed by a double break at 5-2 in the second set but reeled off the final five games to set up a rematch of last month�s Toronto final against the 37-year-old Williams, who retired from that clash with a back injury.
Serena, who made her US Open debut in 1998, drew level with Chris Evert for the most wins in tournament history after advancing to a 33rd major final.
�To be in yet another final, it seems honestly crazy. But I don�t really expect too much less,� said Williams, who has lost three Grand Slam finals since winning the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant.
�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 amazing players.�
Williams fought off six break points across her opening three service games before finding her rhythm to dispatch Wimbledon semifinalist Svitolina in 70 minutes, hitting 34 winners against just 20 unforced errors.
�I know how Svitolina can play, she�s such a good player,� Williams said. �Obviously two semis in a row is really hard to do and I just wanted to not get off to a slow start and I wanted to hang on in there.�
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. � Agencies