Serena Williams Eyes More Records as She Advances to U.S. Open Final

John Healy
September 06, 2019 - 9:57 am

Serena Williams is once again on the brink of history.

The No. 8 ranked women’s tennis star won her 101st career U.S. Open match on Thursday at Arthur Ashe Stadium by defeating No. 5 Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the U.S. Open final.

The victory tied Williams with Chris Evert for the most wins in U.S. Open history, a mark she can claim for herself with another win on Saturday.

“It’s just impressive, I guess,” Williams said after her match, per ESPN. “I don’t think about it. I just come out here and I do what I can.”

Of course, there is another historic mark Williams likely has her eyes on: Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slam titles.

It is a record that has eluded Williams three times already.

She failed to capture Grand Slam wins at Wimbledon the past two years and the U.S. Open last year, which resulted into an infamous spat with the official.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of things that I’ve learned in the past,” she said. “But I just have to go out there [and], above all, most of all, just stay relaxed.”

Standing in Williams’ way this year is 19-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu, who defeated No. 13 Belinda Bencic in her semifinal match on Thursday. Andreescu previously defeated world No. 1 Naomi Osaka — who eliminated Williams at last year’s U.S. Open.

Andreescu has only faced Williams once in her career — an Aug. 11 match in the Rogers Cup final in which Williams retired in the first set due to back spasms — but the 19-year-old who grew up watching Williams understands the significance of Saturday’s match.

“I watched her win most of her grand Slam titles,” she said, per ESPN. “I think she’s fighting for her 24th on Saturday. I’m sure she’s going to bring her A game. I’m going to try to bring my A game, too. Hopefully, I guess, may the best player win.”

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