FLUSHING, New York — — Serena Williams beat No. 19 seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-3, 6-0 to reach her ninth final at Flushing Meadows and 31st at all Grand Slam tournaments.
“I’ve been working hard on my volleys. I have won a few doubles championships, so I know how to volley,” Williams said with a laugh, before adding this punch line: “I just usually come in only to shake hands.”
The women's final is set!
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) 7 september 2018
On Saturday, Williams will face No. 20 seed Naomi Osaka, a 20-year-old who is the first Japanese woman to reach a Grand Slam final. Serena Williams is a single vitory away from earning her seventh US Open championship and her 24th major singles trophy, equaling Margaret Court for the most in tennis history.