Serena Williams is back in the US Open finals, and she will face Samantha Stosur as she tries for her fourth US Open title.
Serena comes into the final after defeating the world's No. 1 ranked player, Caroline Wozniacki, 6-2, 6-4. She has yet to drop a set in the tournament.
Serena has been at the top of her game, and her relatively easy handling of Wozniacki just proves she is zeroing on her 14th Grand Slam title.
Stosur defeated surprising and unseeded semifinalist Angelique Kerber in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.
This will be Stosur's second Grand Slam final. She lost to Francesca Schiavone in the finals of the French Open last year.
Stosur is no stranger at defeating No. 1 players, as she has beaten eight during her career—including Serena.
Both players have taken out the top three seeds in the draw. Serena took out No. 1 Wozniacki and No. 3 Victoria Azarenka, while Stosur eliminated No. 2 Vera Zvonareva.
Serena's path to the final makes this more impressive, but anything other than a win in the finals would mostly erase all her work so far.
Serena leads the head-to-head series with Stosur by a 4-2 margin. Both wins by Stosur have been at quarterfinals—at the 2010 French Open and 2009 Bank of the West in Stanford.
They have met in the finals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto—where Williams won 6-4, 6-2. But this will be the first time they meet at a Grand Slam final.
Serena has the edge in experience and her superior game over Stosur.
Stosur's best weapon is her powerful serve, with her ability to vary and place it. She also has a great kick serve that could serve her well.
It will be a very interesting match as Serena attacks Stosur's weaknesses, while Stosur will try to solve the riddle that has been Serena to everyone on this tournament.
Keep coming back here between now and the finals, as I will be updating you with all the latest news and tidbits building up to the match.
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DATE: Sunday, September 11, 2011
TIME: 4:30 PM EST
|Player||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3|
|Samantha Stosur (9)||6|| 6 |
|Serena Williams (28)||2|| 3 |