Serena Williams runs away from Wozniacki

Last updated 15:51 11/09/2011
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SERVED UP: Australian Sam Stosur gets airborne on her serve follow-through during her semifinal match against Angelique Kerber of Germany.
Serena Williams
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PUSHING THROUGH: Serena Williams has all but confirmed her participation in the Australian Open after pulling out of Brisbane with an ankle injury.

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Serena Williams hit 11 aces at the US Open in a 6-2, 6-4 victory over top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki that puts her one win away from a 14th Grand Slam title.

This was Williams' first appearance in the US Open semifinals since 2009, when a foot-fault call led to a tirade against the referee that cost her match point against Kim Clijsters.

Williams never came close to being pushed in this one.

She finished with 34 winners and early in the second set, she led Wozniacki 20-0 in that category.

Williams will try for her fourth US Open title Sunday (Monday, NZ time) against No. 9 Samantha Stosur of Australia, who beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

Stosur survived a late fightback from the unseeded German and give rise to Australian hopes of a long-overdue US Open female winner.

Stosur, one of the most powerful hitters in the women's game, regained her composure after dropping the second set and failing to serve out the match at the first attempt.

The 27-year-old Queenslander held her nerves to become the first Australian to reach the US Open women's final since Wendy Turnbull in 1977, seven years before Stosur was born and a year before the tournament was moved from Forest Hills to the current site at Flushing Meadows.

"It's pretty hard to describe, it's one of the best feelings I've ever had," Stosur said.

Kerber, playing in her first grand slam semi-final, forced a decisive third set after taking control of the second but was unable to stay with Stosur in the third, as the ninth seed raised her game and raced to a 5-0 lead.

Stosur blew her first chance to serve it out as Kerber broke then held her own serve to give herself a glimmer of hope but Stosur finished her off in the next game, thrusting her arms into the air in jubilation.

"In the second set she was really dictating play before I could but in the third set I just tried to settle down and concentrate on my own game plan," Stosur said. "It's always tough to serve a match but having a 5-0 buffer helps."

The last Australian woman to win the US Open was Margaret Court in 1973, while the last to win any grand slam was Evonne Goolagong-Cawley at Wimbledon in 1980.

Stosur, Australia's best prospect in years, made the final at the French Open last year but lost to Italy's Francesca Schiavone.

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