CINCINNATI - Serena Williams moved within one win of a second pre-US Open hardcourt title, reaching the Cincinnati final with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Caroline Wozniacki.
The world number one American, who claimed her 61st career WTA title at Stanford two weeks ago, will face off on Sunday against either fifth-seeded Maria Sharapova or ninth-seeded Ana Ivanovic. Those two were meeting on Saturday night in a battle of former world number ones. Williams, playing a third tournament in a row for the first time since late 2007, improved her 2014 match record to 37-6.
The 32-year-old said that she needed a set to find her game after a slow start in a match which featured 15 breaks of serve, seven of them in the final set. "I was feeling tired today, so in the second set I just told myself to hit big serves," said Williams, who followed up her win in Stanford by reaching the semi-finals last week at Montreal, where she lost to her sister Venus.
"I gave all that I had in me today," she said. "I didn't expect to do this well over the summer. I knew I needed matches so I entered three tournaments. But I'm still here."