Oman Observer

Williams crushes Sevastova to reach US Open final

NEW YORK: Serena Williams swept past Anastasija Sevastova 6-3 6-0 on Thursday and into the final of the US Open to sit one win away from a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title to continue her remarkable return to the top levels of the game after she almost died while having a baby last year.
Williams walked off Arthur Ashe Stadium court with a wave and twirl to await the winner of the other semifinal between Japan’s Naomi Osaka and American Madison Keys, who lost last year’s final to Sloane Stephens.
Just seven months and seven tournaments removed from returning to competition following the birth of her first child, Williams was back at her ruthless best and needed just 66 minutes to beat the 19th seeded Latvian and reach her 31st Grand Slam final.
A win on Saturday would also give the 36-year-old American a seventh US Open title, breaking a tie with Chris Evert for the most in the Open era.
“It is really incredible, a year ago I was literally fighting for my life at the hospital after having the baby,” said Williams, who missed last year’s US Open due to the birth of her child.
“Every day I step out on this court I am so grateful to have an opportunity to play this sport.” — Reuters