NEW YORK (Reuters) - Serena Williams routed 10th-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 6-1 6-2 on Friday to advance to the U.S. Open women’s championship match against world number one Victoria Azarenka.
The 30-year-old American overpowered the diminutive Errani, a French Open finalist and top-ranked doubles player in the world, registering 38 winners, including nine aces.
Williams cut loose with a scream of joy after ending the 64-minute match with a second-serve ace.
“It’s really awesome. This is what I really wanted and dreamed of all year,” said the fourth-seeded Williams. “I‘m in the final again and I‘m really excited about it.”
Fourteen-time grand slam singles winner Williams will be gunning to crown her ‘Golden Summer’ with a fourth U.S. Open title following her London triumphs at Wimbledon and the Olympics, where she won both singles and doubles gold.
Australian Open champion Azarenka of Belarus advanced with a 3-6 6-2 6-4 victory over French Open winner Maria Sharapova of Russia on a hot, muggy day in Flushing Meadows and will face Williams Saturday night on Arthur Ashe Stadium court.
Editing by Frank Pingue