Serena Williams reached the final of the US Open for the first time since 2014, when she recorded the most recent of her six titles. (AP: Julio Cortez)
Serena Williams swept past Anastasija Sevastova 6-3 6-0 and into the final of the US Open, to sit one win away from a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.
Williams walked off Arthur Ashe Stadium court with a wave and twirl to await the winner of the other semi-final between Japan’s Naomi Osaka and American Madison Keys, who lost last year’s final to Sloane Stephens.
Just seven months and seven tournaments removed from returning to competition following the birth of her first child, Williams was back at her best and needed just 66 minutes to beat the 19th-seeded Latvian and reach her 31st Grand Slam final.
A win on Saturday would also give the 36-year-old American a seventh US Open title, breaking a tie with Chris Evert for the most in the Open era.
Doubles delight for Barty
Ashleigh Barty and her doubles partner, Coco Vandeweghe, have progressed to the final of the US Open women’s doubles competition with a 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) victory over Czech number one seed pairing Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.
Barty, who reached the fourth round of the single draw before falling to Karolina Pliskova, has a doubles ranking of 15 and won three titles this year, including in Miami with American Vandeweghe.
Ashleigh Barty has played in four grand slam doubles finals without success. This will be her second US Open final appearance. (AP: Julio Cortez)
Barty has reached the final of each of the four grand slams during her career, although is yet to claim a title.
Potentially standing in the way of Barty’s maiden grand slam title is fellow Queenslander and two-time women’s grand slam doubles champion, Sam Stosur.
Stosur takes on the number two-seeded pairing Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic with her partner, Chinese player Shuai Zhang, for a shot at the final.