Serena sets sights on history

Serena WilliamsSerena Williams (2/11 – Match Prices) says she wants to make a “little bit of history” by beating her close friend Caroline Wozniacki (7/2) in Sunday’s women’s US Open final.

Williams is hoping to claim her third straight title at Flushing Meadows and takes on Danish star Wozniacki after seeing off Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets.

Her 6-1 6-3 success was fairly routine as, after holding her first service game, Makarova was completely overpowered and did not win another game until she was 4-0 down in the second set.

The victory sees Williams through to her first Grand Slam final of the season and she is the clear favourite to overcome Wozniacki in the showpiece event as she looks to secure an 18th Grand Slam singles title (Williams to win 2-1 – Set Betting - 3/1).

“It feels so good,” she said. “I’m so happy.”

On facing Wozniacki, Williams added: “She obviously wants to win and go for her first Grand Slam title and I want to win and make a little history.

“Whatever happens, I’ll be happy with the outcome. She’s such a great person. We’ve been looking forward to this since the draw came out.”

Wozniacki’s semi-final was much more dramatic as her opponent, Peng Shuai, was forced to retire after collapsing on court.

Tenth seed Wozniacki was leading 7-6 (7/1) 4-3 when Peng had to have treatment for what was described afterwards as “heat illness-induced cramp”.

The Chinese player was granted a time-out but, following medical attention, she was only able to play five more points and eventually had to be taken off in a wheelchair.

Wozniacki admitted Peng’s worrying collapse took the shine off her victory but she is looking forward to her first US Open final in five years and what would be her first Grand Slam title if she overcomes the odds.

The 24-year-old said: “It was really hard to watch for me whenever I saw her collapse on the court. Tennis is great, but health is more important.

“To see her struggling out there, I just wanted to make sure she was okay. I got the word that she’s okay now and just getting cooled down, so that’s great to hear.

Looking ahead to the final, she added: “I have goose bumps right now,” she said. “It’s been five years since I’ve been in the final here so it’s incredible to be back.”


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