Serena williams and victoria asarenka battle for final grand slam title of the season at US open. In a rematch of last year’s final, the world number one from the USA will meet the number two in the tennis world from russia on sunday.
"To successfully defend the title here would be great. But I have to win against a strong player, and I have to play my best tennis," williams said after her easy 6-0, 6-3 win in the semifinals against chinese li na. Just a few hours earlier, asarenka had also won a commanding 6:4, 6:2 victory over the italian aubenseiterin flavia pennetta.
Asarenka reaches for her third grand slam success in new york final. For williams it was the 17. Title at one of the four most important tournaments worldwide. If the 31-year-old wins again against asarenka, as she did last year, she will have 17 grand slam titles, just one more to catch up with chris evert and martina navratilova (18 each).
"I’ve thought about it before, but I can’t think about it now. It’s so close, but it’s also so far away," williams said. After a short break to recover, the four-time U.S. Open champion also competed with her sister venus in the doubles semifinals on friday, but lost 4-6, 2-6 to the czech duo of andrea hlavackova/lucie hradecka.
Asarenka is one of only three players serena williams has already lost to this year. And the only one she lost to twice, in the final of doha at the beginning of the year and in the US open dress rehearsal in the final of cincinnati.
"I feel like she plays her best tennis when she plays me," williams said. She has so far dropped only 16 games in the entire tournament and even outclassed spain’s carla suarez navarro 6:0, 6:0 in the quarterfinals.
But asarenka has also been very self-confident so far and has shown nerves of steel, especially after losing sets in the third round against alize cornet and in the eighth final against ana ivanovic. The 2012 and 2013 australian open winner did not want to think about her unfortunate defeat in the final last year. "I should not pay too much attention to what was in the past. I will try to play my best tennis. When you play serena, you only have a chance if you play your best tennis," asarenka says.