Serena Williams through to US Open final with emphatic win over Anastasija Sevastova
Serena Williams has another shot at winning her first Grand Slam title since giving birth after defeating Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova in their US Open semi-final.
Williams, beaten by Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final in July, won 6-3 6-0 against 19th seed Sevastova.
The 36-year-old will play either fellow American Madison Keys or Japan's Naomi Osaka in Saturday's final.
Victory will equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
The American will contest her 31st major final and her ninth in New York.
Williams has already long established her place as one of the all-time greats - if not the greatest - and has another chance to cement that by ensuring no-one else in the history of the game has more major victories than her.
Williams was out of the game for over a year after announcing her pregnancy in April 2017 and then giving birth to daughter Olympia last September.
That meant she missed her home Grand Slam last year but has returned to Flushing Meadows looking not far away from her best.
A dominant win over older sister Venus laid down a significant marker in the third round before a straight-set win over Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals showed she was able to compete with the world's best players once again.
That meant she came into the semi-final as the favourite against a player who had never before reached a Grand Slam semi-final.
But the ease with which she ran away with the match - winning 11 of the final 12 games and dropping just seven points in the second set - was startling.
"This is just the beginning. I'm only a few months in and really looking forward to the rest of the year and next year," Williams said.