Williams hammers Errani to set up US Open final clash with world No 1 Azarenka
00:17 GMT, 8 September 2012
Serena Williams will face world No 1 Victoria Azarenka in the US Open final on Saturday after the American ended the run of Sara Errani in a one-sided semi-final.
Williams triumphed 6-1 6-2 in one hour and four minutes in a match that could not have been more different to the earlier contest between Azarenka and Maria Sharapova which was a far closer affair.
Williams is looking for her fourth title at Flushing Meadows in her sixth final after losing to Sam Stosur last year, and she has lost only one of 10 previous meetings with Azarenka.
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The clash against Errani always looked like a mismatch, and so it proved. At only 5ft 4 1/2in and slight, Errani was giving away a huge amount of power to her opponent, and it told.
Williams won the first five games before the Italian finally got on the board, and that was only a minor delay before the fourth seed clinched the opening set after half an hour with a backhand winner.
It was her 18th winner in seven games compared to three from her opponent, and the pattern continued at the start of the second set.
Errani has had a brilliant season, reaching her first grand slam final at the French Open and establishing herself in the top 10, and she certainly was not about to give up.
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She won the third game of the second set to at least give herself hope, but that was fading fast as Williams extended her lead to 4-1.
Errani simply could do nothing to take the American out of her comfort zone and Williams set up match point with a crunching backhand winner down the line.
She missed that one and Errani doggedly held serve but the Italian had got nowhere near Williams' serve all match and the 30-year-old clinched victory with a second-serve ace, letting out a scream of delight.
Williams was the hot favourite to win the title before the tournament after her Wimbledon and Olympic success, and that has certainly not changed.
She has dropped only 19 games in six matches, and blasted 38 winners compared to only six from Errani.
Williams said: 'It's really awesome. This is what I wanted and what I dreamed of all year. I'm really happy, I'm in the final again, and I'm excited.'
Errani still has a chance of winning US Open silverware when she and fellow Italian Roberta Vinci take on Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova in the women's doubles final.
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