Serena, the U.S. Open defending women’s champ, grabbed the coveted spot in the 2013 finals, beating China’s Li Na, 6-0, 6-3 Friday.
Williams, the world No. 1, will now be looking to win her fifth US Open and 17th overall major title on Sunday, September 8th in a rematch of last year finale, which Williams won in three sets over Victoria Azarenka.
Azarenka defeated her in three sets to win the title in Cincinnati a few weeks ago, but nothing makes Williams hungrier than avenging a loss. Overall, she is 12-3 against Azarenka, who leads the head-to-head 2-1 in 2013.
“I was a little nervous but I was able to close it out finally,” Williams said after the match. “I’ve been really focused in all my practices. I look forward to it (the final). It’s great to be back in another final. Victoria is a great player and lifts her game when it counts.”
Li for her part said she was disappointed in her level of tennis, knowing that her 24 unforced errors and four doubles faults were costly.
“I mean, should not be nervous because it is not my first time to play semis,” said the 2011 French Open champion and three-time Grand Slam finalist, alluding to her big-match experience. “But when I walk to the court I was feeling the court so big. Even the first set or beginning of the second set I was feeling, it’s not about the technique. It’s about the problem about myself.”