U.S. Open: Serena Williams beats Caroline Wozniacki to advance to women's final
Serena Williams was fiercely focused in defeating top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki in a U.S. Open women's semifinal Saturday night. Williams walloped winners from every place on the court and Wozniacki found out that, in tennis, defense does not win championships.
Williams, out of tennis for almost a year with a series of injuries, reached her fifth U.S. Open final with a 6-2, 6-4 victory.
The 28th-seeded Williams will play ninth-seeded Samantha Stosur on Sunday at 1 p.m. Pacific time in the finals. Williams will be aiming for her 14th major title and fourth U.S. Open crown, and she’s gotten to the finals without dropping a set.
Stosur advanced to her first U.S. Open final with remarkably little notice, considering she has already played the longest tiebreaker in women’s major tournament history and won the longest women’s match, time-wise, in U.S. Open history during this tournament.
Stosur, a 27-year-old from Australia, beat 92nd-ranked Angelique Kerber of Germany, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, Saturday afternoon.
When Williams, 29, was leading 6-2, 1-0, she had whammed and bammed her way to 20 outright winners to none by the 21-year-old Wozniacki, whose signature style is to run down every shot and send it back. And at the end Williams had 34 winners to only five for Wozniacki.
Wozniacki couldn’t run down 120-mph serves or blazing backhands that kicked off the lines. Wozniacki ran out of her three review challenges in the first set in a desperate attempt to win points on video instead of on the court.
--Diane Pucin, reporting from New York
Photo: Serena Williams powers through a backhand shot during her U.S. Open semifinal against Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday night in New York. Credit: Mike Groll / Associated Press