In a pre-determined result, No. 28 seed Serena Williams powered past world No. 1 Caroline 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday night to gain the final of the US Open.
Few gave Wozniacki a chance in the face of the firepower of Williams. The power differential was evident in the final statistics: 11 aces to Serena to one for Wozniacki, 34 winners to Serena to five for Woz, and 17 winning net approaches to Serena to one for the Dane.
“I’m so happy,” Williams said on court afterwards. “Especially with 9/11, to be an American and still in the tournament. I really want to play tomorrow on such a special day for America. It’s been such an arduous, long road. I can’t believe it.”
The 29-year-old Williams is back in the US Open for the first time in three years, while Wozniacki remains in search of her first Slam title. It was also the third consecutive US Open semifinal.
The Dane briefly appeared to make it a match in the second set, breaking serve at 3-5, but then dropped her serve and the match.
“Serena just played very, very well today,” Wozniacki said. “She’s in great shape, serving well, returning well, playing her hard strokes. Especially that serve was just a killer. I don’t know how many aces she made out there today, but it’s definitely not fun to be returning those first serves.”
Serena improved to 3-0 career versus Wozniacki. It is the fifth US Open final appearance for Williams in 14 trips to Flushing Meadows, with championship runs in 1999, 2002 and 2008.
In the final Serena will face No. 9-seeded Aussie Sam Stosur, who outlasted No. 92-ranked Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 2-6, 6-2. The match was relegated to the non-TV Grandstand court, miffing Stosur and the WTA.
“That third set, I just tried to settle down and remember what my game plan was,” said Stosur on going up 5-0 in the third before closing it out.
It was the third long three-setter for Stosur, who could be physically challenged in the Sunday final.
Williams leads Stosur 4-2 in their career meetings, with Stosur winning in 2009 on hardcourt and 2010 on clay.
“She definitely would have to serve well,” Wozniacki said of Stosur’s chances against Serena. “She definitely needs to get a lot of first serves in and serve well and try just to go for her shots. But I still think Serena has the edge, and I still think that Serena will win tomorrow.”
The latest tennis odds have Serena as a heavy favorite to win Sunday.
Serena is bidding for a fourth US Open crown and 14th overall Grand Slam title. Because of rain the Saturday final was pushed back to Sunday afternoon.
CBS Sports in the U.S. will air live coverage of the women’s starting at 4:30pm ET.
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