Serena Williams overwhelms Elina Svitolina to reach 10th US Open final


  • Williams moves within one victory of record-tying 24th major
  • American equals Chris Evert with most US Open wins in history

A spectacular sunset settled over Manhattan as Serena Williams, reluctant to embrace the evening of her own glowing career, blazed again to reach the final of the US Open, where psychic bruises from her meltdown in losing to Naomi Osaka a year ago have just about healed.

She beat the fifth seed Elina Svitolina, 6-3, 6-1, to get there, and there was palpable relief in her voice when she said courtside, “There were long games in the first set. She’s such a good player, two semis in a row. This is the biggest stadium for tennis on the whole planet, and I think of it that way. It’s such an honour for me and my opponent to play here.”

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Written by Kevin Mitchell at Flushing Meadows
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