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Serena storms into ninth US Open final

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Serena Williams returns a shot to Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, during the semifinals of the US Open tennis tournament in New York on Thursday.

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AFP, New York :
Six-time champion Serena Williams roared into her ninth US Open final on Thursday with an emphatic 6-3, 6-0 victory over Anastasija Sevastova.
Williams, seeded 17th as she seeks to add to her 23 Grand Slam titles for the first time since the birth of her daughter Olympia on September 1 of last year, needed just 66 minutes to dispatch the 19th-seeded Latvian, who was playing in her first Grand Slam semi-final.
"It's honestly really incredible," she said of reaching a second Grand Slam final of the year, after a runner-up finish at Wimbledon.
"A year ago I was fighting for my life in the hospital after I had the baby," added Williams, who battled life threatening blood clots after a difficult delivery.
"Every time I step out on this court I'm so grateful that I have the opportunity to play this sport.
"To come this far so fast …. I'm really looking forward to the possibilities.
Osaka, the 20th seed, is also in a first Slam semi-final - part of a history-making Japanese double along with men's semi-finalist Kei Nishikori.
As in her semi-final win over Karolina Pliskova, Williams took a while to warm up, dropping her serve in the opening game.
But she was back on terms after a break for 2-2, giving herself a chance with a stinging passing shot and getting the break when Sevastova's attempt at a drop shot from deep in the court failed to make it over the net.
From there Williams was on the attack, winning 24 of 28 points at the net.  After breaking again for a 4-2 lead she produced a convincing hold that featured the first of her four aces.
Serving for the first set she opened with a 120 mph (193 Km/h) ace and Sevastova was out of answers.
"I've been working hard on my volleys," Williams said of her aggressive game plan. "I have won a few doubles championships so I know how to volley.
"I just usually come in to shake hands," she quipped. "I wanted to try something different today and it worked in my favor."
Sevastova, who beat defending champion Sloane Stephens to reach the last four, was left regretting "some stupid games from me that I lost".
"How the first set went it affected me in the second a little bit," she said. "I shouldn't have gotten broken twice in the first set - I had game points in both games."
Once Williams was in front, Sevastova said, there was no stopping her.
"When she's in front it's tough to play," she said. "I tried on her games, but she served well - when somebody serves 123 miles per hour ace there's not much you can do."

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