Venue: Flushing Meadows, Dates: 26 Aug – 8 Sep
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says she would not have believed after her first title in 1999 that she would be playing in a record 10th final 20 years later.

, 37, stormed into the Flushing Meadows final with a 6-3 6-1 win over Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina.

The American will bid for a record-equalling 24th major singles title on Saturday against Bianca .

“I would have thought it was a sick joke,” said of being in a final 20 years after her first.

“At 17, I thought for sure I’d be retired at 28, 29, living my life. I would definitely not have believed somebody saying that.”

is aiming to equal n Margaret Court’s all-time record of Grand Slam singles titles.

The eighth seed has competed in three major finals since returning from giving birth to daughter Olympia in September 2017. She lost in the past two Wimbledon finals as well as a controversial showpiece against in last year.

“I think it’s cool that I’ve been in more finals than I think anyone on tour after being pregnant. That’s kind of awesome,” she said.

“I look at it that way because it’s not easy to go through what I did and come back, and so fast.

“To keep playing, to also not be 20 years old, I’m pretty proud of myself.”

Serena Williams holds the US Open trophy in 1999

is the favourite to beat 19-year-old Canadian , who will be competing in her first Grand Slam final after beating Switzerland’s in the last four, particularly after the way in which she destroyed semi-final opponent Svitolina.

hit 33 winners in a powerful display that Svitolina could not cope with, although agreed with the Ukrainian’s assertion she could have played even better.

“I think it was solid. It definitely wasn’t my best ,” said.

“It’s interesting that she knows that. She’s a super professional to know that.

“She probably could have played better as well. I definitely know I could have played better.”


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