With six titles in New York, Williams needs just one more to surpass compatriot Chris Evert’s all-time U.S. Open record. AFP / EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ
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Six-time champion Serena Williams swept aside Anastasija Sevastova Thursday to reach a ninth U.S. Open final, where she'll be facing Japanese trailblazer Naomi Osaka. Williams, seeded 17th as she seeks to add to her 23 Grand Slam titles for the first time since the birth of her daughter Olympia last year, needed just 66 minutes to dispatch the 19th-seeded Sevastova 6-3, 6-0 .Williams lost out in the semifinals of her last two U.S. Opens, in 2015 and 2016 .Twenty-year-old Osaka, who reached the last four at a Slam for the first time, admitted she was driven by the idea of facing Williams."I'm just glad I was able to get through this match," said Osaka, who broke Keys at love for a 5-2 lead in the first set and after calmly serving it out broke her again to open the second set.She made the break stand up, withstanding six break points in the next game.
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