Best friends Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki clash for the third time this summer, this for the final Grand Slam of 2014. Serena has beaten her Danish BFF 8 of 9 times but their two recent meetings last month in Montreal and Cincinnati both went the distance.
This fornight the top-seeded Serena hasn’t lost a set and looked her dominant self en route to her 22nd career Grand Slam final, her 8th at the US Open.
Wozniacki returns to the finals of a Major for the second time after she made the US Open title match in 2009 losing to Kim Clijsters. The former No. 1 will return to the Top 10 after the US Open.
 SERENA WILLIAMS (USA #1) vs.  CAROLINE WOZNIACKI (DEN #11)
Williams leads head-to-head 8-1… Two-time defending champion Williams is bidding to join Evert and Navratilova with 18… Grand Slam singles titles and match Evert for six US Open crowns… Wozniacki is playing her first Grand Slam final since facing Clijsters here five years ago
With 17 Grand Slam titles to her name, Williams is bidding for her sixth US Open title (after 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013).Wozniacki is a former Grand Slamfinalist – reached 2009 US Open final (l. Clijsters).
Williams already owns the longest span of years winning Grand Slam titles – 14 – and a win today would extend her streak to 15 years.
Williams is playing her first Grand Slam final since winning the title here in 2013; having also lifted the trophy in 2012, she enters today’s final on a 20-match win streak at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Evert won 31 matches straight at the US Open, taking in four titles (1975-78) and a run to the final in 1979 (l. Austin).
For the third year in a row the US Open features two players who’ve held the No.1 ranking (Willams d. Azarenka in 2012- 2013 finals). Over the past 10 years, just four players who’ve not held the No.1 ranking at some point in their career have reached the final here – Pierce (2005), Kuznetsova (2007), Zvonareva (2010) and Stosur (2011).
Wozniacki is bidding for her first win over a reigning No.1: to date she is 0-4 lifetime vs. No.1s – l. Safina at 2009 Madrid, and S.Williams at 2013 Beijing, 2014Montreal and 2014 Cincinnati.
Set to turn 33 later this month, Williams is already the oldest player to win the US Open (2013) in the Open Era. The last player aged 32+ to advance to the US Open final was Martina Navratilova (1991 US Open, R-Up, aged 34).
Last year at 2013 US Open, Williams became the third oldest woman in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam singles title. With a win today she would overtake Virginia Wade (1977 Wimbledon) to become the second oldest Grand Slam winner after Martina Navratilova (1990 Wimbledon).
In the Open Era, a thirty-something has won a Grand Slam singles title 17 times, a feat accomplished by: Serena Williams (4), Margaret Court (3), Martina Navratilova (3), Chris Evert (2), Billie Jean King (2), Ann Jones (1), Li Na (1) and Virginia Wade (1).
Williams is looking to become the second woman in the Open Era to win three consecutive titles here (Evert won four straight in 1975-78). She is also attempting the first three-peat at any Slam since Justine Henin at Roland Garros in 2005-07.
There have been 21 title defenses at the US Open since 1946. The last player to defend her title was Williams in 2012- 2013.
En route to final, Williams has dropped 26 games and spent 6 hrs, 34mins on court;Wozniacki has conceded 41 games and spent 10 hrs, 2mins time on court.
Williams is playing her sixth final of the season (5-0 to date);Wozniacki her second (1-0).
Hard court titleswon by the finalists:Williams (40),Wozniacki (17).
Williams has served the most aces so far at this tournament (28) while Wozniacki has issued 21 – they both served five aces in their semifinals.
Williams has issued the second fastest serve of the event so far – 122mph (behind Lisicki, 124mph).
Heading into the final,Williams has won 136 of 171 points on first serve (80%).Wozniacki has won 181 of 255 points on first serve (71%).
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