Serena steamrolls into US Open final

Sep 09, 2012, 05:56 IST | PA Sport

Serena Williams has overpowered every rival at the US Open, showing no mercy to a world-class field that has been unable to slow an American juggernaut that appears bound for her 15th Grand Slam title. Williams swatted aside Italy's Sara Errani 6-1, 6-2 on Friday.

The three-time US Open champion has dropped only 19 games in six rounds, never suffering a break of serve while blasting a tournament-best 50 aces in only six hours and 37 minutes.

Serena Williams celebrates her win over Sara Errani in the US Open semis. Pic/AFP

Williams, who was upset in last year’s US Open final by Australian Samantha Stosur, is trying to match her older sister Venus and Steffi Graf as the only women to claim the Wimbledon-Olympic-US Open treble in the same year.

“It will probably be the best summer I’ve ever had,” Williams said. “If you win the Olympics and Wimbledon and this, it would be kind of cool. So, yeah, it will be awesome.”

Williams won her first Grand Slam title at the 1999 US Open at age 17 and hoisted the trophy in 2002 and 2008 as well. She recalled those on-court celebrations as motivation this time after falling one match short last year. “It was an amazing feeling. I definitely want to reach that again,” Williams said. 

Williams is toughest opponent: Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka admits Serena Williams has “everything on her side” ahead of Sunday’s US Open final. Serena has the advantage of having won nine of her 10 previous meetings with Azarenka. Azarenka said: “She’s the toughest opponent. Our record — it says it all.”

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