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Serena Williams reaches 9th US Open final

NEW YORK (AP) _ Serena Williams has reached the U.S. Open final for the ninth time by overcoming a slow start in a convincing victory over No. 19 seed Anastasija Sevastova. The 23-time Grand Slam champion will take on surprising Noami Osaka in Saturday’s final.

Williams was broken in the first game and trailed 2-0 in the opening set before rolling to a 6-3, 6-0 victory. The 36-year-old Williams won five straight games following her bumpy start and took the last seven.

Williams is bidding for a seventh U.S. Open championship and 24th Grand Slam singles trophy overall, which would tie Margaret Court for the most in tennis history. Sevastova was participating in her first semifinal at any major tournament and has never faced Williams before.

The 20-year-old Osaka is the first Japanese woman to reach a Grand Slam final. She saved all 13 break points she faced in defeating 2017 runner-up Madison Keys, 6-2, 6-4.

Osaka is the youngest woman to reach a U.S. Open final since 2009 and only has one tour-level title so far, which came on a hard court this season.

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Posted by on Sep 7 2018. Filed under Sports.
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