Serena Slams Svitolina To Reach 10th US Open Final, Will Meet Andreescu

by Staff | September 6th, 2019, 3:10 pm

Serena Williams cruised into her 10th US Open final Thursday night crushing World No. 5 Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3 in just 70 minutes.

In one of her best performances of the event, the 37-year-old Serena fought off some early opposition from Svitolina, who was playing in her first US Open semifinal, then dominated.

“To be in yet another final, it seems honestly crazy. But I don’t really expect too much less,” Serena said. “I think today was solid. It definitely wasn’t my best tennis. It’s interesting that she knows that. She’s a super professional to know that. She probably could have played better, as well. I definitely know I could have played better.”

Svitolina didn’t drop a set en route to the semifinal, and had posted a win over Venus last week.

“I think she knows what she has to do,” assessed Svitolina. “She has unbelievable strength. She gives lots of power. There’s lots of power behind her shots all the time. That’s what makes her unbelievable, legendary tennis player. On the important moments, she step up, always step up, always brings her best game.”

Serena’s now played back-to-back players in the Top 20 and lost just five games in four sets. And the win was her 101st at the US Open, equalling her with Chris Evert for most in tournament history.

“It’s pretty cool,” Serena said of the stat. “I didn’t know that was even an option. That always makes it even more special when you hear those super cool things without even knowing.”

Serena rolls into her 33rd career Slam final still eyeing that elusive No. 24. To get there, she’ll have to beat the breakout star of 2019, Bianca Andreescu. The Canadian teen won her 13th straight match Thursday night edging Belinda Bencic 7-6(3), 7-5 in a battle of two players in their first Slam semifinal.

Bencic blew six break points early on which cost her later in the set which Andreescu took in a breaker.

The Swiss burst out to a 4-1 lead, but Bencic finally apart late getting broken four straight times as the close of the match which last featured long points, long games and lasted 2 hours, 13 minutes.

“It wasn’t easy at all,” Andreescu said. “She hits the ball really hard and really flat I think every shot. My knees were to the ground. I think it wasn’t too fun playing her. But that’s what makes her such a great player.

I’m just really glad with how I managed that. I tried to change the rhythm as much as possible. That was the goal right from the beginning of the match.

Andreescu becomes the first Canadian man or woman into the US Open final and she beat Serena in her home country last month, though that was by retirement.

“She’s a great player,” Serena said of Andreescu. “She mixes things up. You never know what is going to come from her. She does everything else. She serves well, moves well, has a ton of power. She’s very exciting to watch. It’s good. I think it’s great for women’s tennis.”

Andreescu is ready for the challenge.

“I’ve wanted to play her,” Andreescu said. “I remember always telling my team I would have always wanted to play her right before she retires. I’m really looking forward to it. She’s an amazing champion on and off the court. It’s going to be fun.”

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30 Comments for Serena Slams Svitolina To Reach 10th US Open Final, Will Meet Andreescu

Raj Says:

Andreescu, please beat her in final.. Can’t stand

skeezer Says:

C’mon Serena, make h-i-s-t-o-r-y.

RZ Says:

Should be a great final!

Van Persie Says:

Good luck, Bibi!
Pressure is on Serena. From phisical point of view, Serena should be in advantage tonight. Hope Bianca recovered well after her last match.

FedExpress Says:

one of all time chokes coming up.
Bianca led 6-3 and 5-1. Had MP on her serve.

Back on serve now. 5-4

FedExpress Says:

Wow. Bianca you choker.

FedExpress Says:

Bianca hats off.


Serena lost her 4th GS final in a row.

Van Persie Says:

1st time ever I feel for Serena, has to be painful.

Wow Bianca huge congrats!

Van Persie Says:

But would have felt really s#itty, had Bianca choked today 😁

Wog Boy Says:

I had to go for this “knowledgeable” comment:

“Meanwhile, all this talk about the women side of the draw, and Serena has been silently demolishing her opponents. She has been performing really well, and most importantly moving well this tournament.”

Until Bibi met her, 3 last GS finals and bully hasn’t won a set, not even 1 TB. Utterly dominated by Osaka, Halep and Bibi who turned 19 in June.

It would be disgrace for tennis if Bibi lost to someone who won her first GS when she wasn’t even born.

I told you VP, that girl has tennis brain, good on her and good luck in future, may this be one of many slams to come.

Wog Boy Says:

I forgot Wimbledon last year and Kerber winning in stright sets too, 4 finals all in stright sets!

Wog Boy Says:

Just found this, Bianca hasn’t lost match since March and she is 8 : 0 against top 10 players and only 19 years of age (turned in June).

skeezer Says:

No problem, stand by my comment about Serena. She was playing great! In fact was playing and hitting well in the first set. What happened? The other girl played better. Like really good. Congrats to Bibi, outstanding performance and well deserved.

Wog Boy Says:

“…was playing and hitting well in the first set.” and yet she was broken twice, I wonder what would be result if she wasn’t playing that “well”.

chrisford1 Says:

Maybe the tennis gods are saying to Serena she can’t win until she shows true good grace and humility.

24!!!!!!! Is a dumb record, as Margaret Court was half placed before the Open Era and her many Australian Nationals titles without much competition save other ANZUs players were retroactively credited as Slams.

And Graf retired at age 30 with 22.

And Navratilova and Evert at 18 each was a longtime rivalry, a great one, but it meant that each one never spent 2/3rds of their career with little competition, as Serena did.

Truth Says:

Serena’s mindless ballbashing isn’t rewarding. Her utterly poor returns and “gifted wins” are amazing.
When will people stop insulting and screaming when the opponent is serving?
Ungrateful, disrespectful bitter crowd.
That Meghan Markle barely cared about Bianca.
She was grimacing and moping. She’d rather get her money and buy a bunch of apartments.
If Serena hadn’t had so much luck with her weak competition in 2004-2015, Meghan wouldn’t be her precious pal.

PK Says:

Serena is a player of historic dimensions – and longevity.

Today, however, she was outplayed by a feisty and hard-hitting opponent. Serena seems to bring the best out of all of these next gen women. (Her serve was also pretty sporadic.)

She’ll be back in Australia, for sure. It would be fitting for her to win No. 24 there, right in front of that old crone, Margaret Court.

skeezer Says:

“I wonder what would be result if she wasn’t playing that “well””
She would have gotten a worse beating. So? Whats your point?

Wog Boy Says:

“… right in front of that old crone, Margaret Court.”

I got it, Serena is such a good looking woman with such high moral ground (like wrecking the other people’s marriages, well known for promiscuity, etc), that even at 77 years of age and two more kids she will be looking sexy and better than Margaret Court?!

Good luck with that, if she is still going to be around at that age since steroid abusers don’t live that long.

BTW, I just checked videos and photos of Margaret Court at her younger age, when she was still playing tennis. Tall, long legged, nice mannered, good looking lady, high moral values, that I would date any time, I’ll leave bully Serena to you;)

Wog Boy Says:

Tell me if Serena is going to look, talk and act at the age of 75 (this video 2 years ago) like Margaret Court:

j-kath Says:

Duchess Meghan (and Harry) are being accused of ignoring the need to protect the world’s “climate” Also, last time Meghan moved her backside to see Serena was at Wimbledon, Serena lost. UK newspapers were predicting that Serena would again lose because her arrogant friend was once again determined to show her support despite UK public disapproval.

Van Persie Says:


Yes, what Bibi did this year is unbelievable.
I will not start thinking, she might be the next dominant player in WTA, as we did such predictions several time in the past.
Hope this success will not change her too much.

Django Says:

J Kath, perfect opportunity for her to go to Bahamas and pass out water bottles but instead she was looking for herself on the jumbo screens. Disaster. Lol

wog boy, so glad Bianca won and they actually let her cross herself for the moment . Halep now does a short abbreviated chest cross Rublev does one but he’s not a star yet and Nole has removed all traces. I did notice that Sveta crossed at Cincy when she never really did so. interesting to see the evolution of that once money starts rolling in.

j-kath Says:

Django: Yep! I did have some sympathy for her re. her father being a pain in the derrier around the time of her wedding. But oh dear, she’s far from the nation’s sweetheart these days (UK public funds paid for her huge home extensions etc. etc. while we have thousands of children living on Food Banks).

A-M: Good luck to the courageous Rafa…..think you’ll be celebrating tonight.

Wog Boy Says:

Yes Django, I noticed that too and I was glad seeing them not to shy from who they are, Halep will never change that, let’s see if Andreescu and Rublev will chenge.
As for Nole, sadly he changed, I won’t go there why but it was mistake, big one, few years back I separated Nole tennis player from Nole private person, I follow Nole tennis player but not the other Nole.

Django Says:

Yes agree on Nole I follow the tennis player.

Andy Mira Says:

Aww…Thank u JK for the wish!…Tho still not celebrating yet!hehe…Hope i will in a moment…

Colin Says:

High moral values, Wog Boy? Subsequent events have revealed the kind of values she cherishes. She is evidently one of those religious bigots who, rather than happily contemplating the heaven she thinks awaits her when she drops off her twig, seems more concerned with celebrating the idea of the hellfire that awaits those who don’t share her piety.

Being an atheist myself, and pretty certain to drop off my own twig a lot sooner than Court, I am annoyed by an obvious fact, as follows – if the religious folk are right, I shall eventually burn in Hell, whereas if they are wrong, they’ll never know!

Wog Boy Says:

I respect the right of any person to believe or not to believe in existence of God, my father was atheists (actually he was communist) but not my grandparents, who influenced me the most.

I don respect when atheists tells believers how to believe, it’s none of their business, since believers are minding their own business in places of warships they build and within their communities and voicing their opinion when they are asked for, the right that atheists are trying to deny them, in other words, there is only one truth, the truth of atheists.
Why don’t you, atheists, try to voice your opinion in Saudi Arabia, at the end of the day you (West) are the biggest supporter and ally to Saudi Arabia?!

Wog Boy Says:

I will tell you Colin what the person who was convicted and executed by communist after the end of the WW2, for fighting them, told “judges”.
He told them:

“You are lucky because you will have people who are raised by us (believers) with our moral values to buld your new country, I won’t be around to see how this country will look like when the generations, raised by you and on your values, take control of the country?”

We have seen it in ‘90s, what they were capable of.

Do you really believe that western world you are comfortably living in would look today the same if it was formed and run by atheists and anarchists and according to their values?

Humans needs to believe in God, they cannot rely on other humans since we are corrupted to the core (it’s not debatable), you have to believe in something you cannot corrupt, through thousands of years of human existence they alway believed on God(s), the only way to put the people in line or order.

Even great Voltaire said:

“ If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.”

He didn’t say that because he was big believer himself but because he understood the “reason” of Gods existence in human minds.

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