New York – Serena Williams is back in the U.S. Open Finals for the ninth time with an opportunity to make even more history.
The owner of 72 titles, Williams, is now one win away from matching Margaret Court’s all-time mark of 24 major titles, a record that has stood since 1973.
The six-time US Open women’s singles champion defeated Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, 6-3, 6-0, in the first of two semifinals in Arthur Ashe Stadium, shaking off a slow start before storming through 12 of the final 13 games to reach her 31st major championship match.
“A year ago I was fighting for literally my life at the hospital after I had the baby. Every day I step on this court I’m so grateful that I have an opportunity to play this sport. No matter what happens in any match, semis, finals, I just feel like I’ve already won.”
Williams is already the third-oldest Grand Slam women’s singles finalist of the Open era at 36 years and 349 days old. Should she prevail on Saturday afternoon, she’ll surpass her own record of oldest champion, set at the Australian Open in 2017.
Cover photo credit: Jason Suarez