Talented female tennis player Serena Williams has moved into the 10th US Open final.
The professional tennis star has also picked up a record-equaling 101st win in New York by routing Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1 but the number she might still be preoccupied with is 24.
Collecting a 24th major Saturday would tie the American with Margaret Court for tennis’ all-time lead, and the 37-year-old is hoping to get over the finish line after losing her last three grand slam finals — which had never previously happened in her storied three-decade career.
On the other side of the net will be fellow North American Bianca Andreescu, the 19-year-old Canadian who rallied to defeat Belinda Bencic 7-6(3) 7-5 and make a maiden grand slam final.
Williams’ latest setback in a major final occurred at Wimbledon in July, when she was stopped thanks largely to the brilliance of Simona Halep. The Romanian committed a miniscule three unforced errors.
“Wimbledon, Simona played unbelievable,” said Williams. “There was nothing I could do that day. Also, I didn’t have too much time to prep, and playing someone that played that unbelievable was just a deadly combination for me.”
That lack of preparation was because of a knee injury but the knee now better, Williams enjoyed a fruitful training block after Wimbledon prior to competing at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Williams ultimately had to retire in the final against home favorite Andreescu due to back spasms and was consoled by her opponent in a moment that went viral.
“I felt more prepared this tournament,” she said. “I joked I trained more for Canada than I did for any other tournament this year.
“I just had a really tough year with injuries, mostly bad luck. I just needed to get injury free.”