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From Jonathan Jurejko
BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows
Serena Williams has another chance at winning a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title after demolishing Elina Svitolina to reach the US Open final.
37, the American, overpowered the Allied fifth seed to win 6-3 6-1.
Williams, seeded eighth, is aiming since giving birth in September 2017.
The six-time champion will face Belinda Bencic or Canadian adolescent Bianca Andreescu in Saturday’s closing.
Bencic, both 22, also Andreescu, both in their first major semi-final, match for the right to confront Williams afterwards in Thursday’s night session at New York.
Williams is considered by many as the greatest female player in history, yet will not be met herself till she has re – and then mimicked – the variety of Grand Slam singles titles of Foreign Margaret Court.
Adhering to the difficult birth of girl Olympia two years back which almost cost Williams her life, she has reached successive Wimbledon finals – plus last year’s contentious US Open showpiece against Naomi Osaka – with no realising what’s been remarkable comeback with another major win.
For Williams to go on and win a US Open title – an Open era record at the women’s singles – would be a major jolt.
Free this year of the knee injury which bothered her, she is looking clinical, strong and as eloquent as she has in quite a while.
That has been exemplified by the ease with which she swatted Svitolina apart, the highest rated player to make it to the final eight at rival in her second Grand Slam semi-final and Flushing Meadows.
Even the Ukrainian has one of the most impenetrable coming games however she couldn’t maintain Williams at bay.
After a slow start it was the American who broke at the first attempt and from there it was one-way traffic.
Williams commanded with her strong, precise hitting which resulted in a game which lasted 10 minutes and just 1 hour and found her range quickly.
“The first two matches have been long games and that I know how she can perform – she is a fantastic player,” Williams explained.
“I wanted to not get off to a slow beginning and that I wanted to hang there.”
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