Serena Williams runs away from Wozniacki

06:53, Sep 11 2011
Petra Kvitova
EXITING EARLY: The Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova made 52 unforced errors as she lost in straight sets to unseeded Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru.
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova plays a one-legged forehand stroke during her come-from-behind win over British teen Heather Watson in the US Open first round.
Aleksandra Wozniack
Canada's Aleksandra Wozniack stretches for a backhand shot during her match against Christina McHale of the USA.
Tommy Haas
German Tommy Haas need four sets to beat Frenchman Jonathan Dasnieres De Veigy in the first round at Flushing Meadows.
Vera Zvonareva
Russian Vera Zvonareva signs autographs for fans after her win over Stephanie Foretz Garcon.
Mardy Fish
Local American hope Mardy Fish rips a tophand forehand shot during his straight sets first round win over German Tobias Kamke.
Donald Trump
Donald Trump, aka The Donald, bites into a chocoloate ice-cream while watching the first session of play at the US Open.
Roger Federer
Roger Federer acknowledges the support from the fans after his first round victory at the US Open.
Flushing Meadows
Fireworks explode above Arthur Ashe Court during the 2011 US Open opening ceremony.
Sunset in New York City
The sun sets over New York City during the first day of play at the US Open.
Li Na
French Open champion Li Na became the last current grand slam winner to exit the US Open, losing to Romanian Simona Halep.
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic advanced to the second round at the US Open, with his first round clash lasting only 44 minutes.
Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki hit 22 winners in her straight sets first round win over Spaniard Nuria Llagostera Vives at the US Open.
US Open - day 2
Action from day 2 at the US Open: A spectator at Flushing Meadows.
US Open - day 2
Action for day 2 at the US Open - Ana Ivanovic serves.
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Ana Ivanovic returns a shot with interest.
US Open - day 2
Fernando Verdasco serves, on day 2 of US Open.
US Open - day 2
Jesse Huta Galung serves on day 2 of US Open.
US Open - day 2
Arantxa Rus serves on day two of the US Open.
US Open - day 2
Rafael Nadal returns a shot, on day two of the US Open.
US Open - day 2
Iveta Benesova.
Rafa Nadal
Defending champion Rafa Nadal came from 5-2 down in both the second and third sets as he subdued Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan in the US Open first round.
Rafa Nadal
Venus Williams of the United States reacts to a play against Vesna Dolonts of Russia.
Rafa Nadal
Andy Murray of Great Britain returns a shot against Somdev Devvarman of India.
Rafa Nadal
Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States stands on the court during her doubles match with Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia against Jelena Dokic of Australia and Virginie Razzano of France.
Rafa Nadal
Laura Robson of Great Britain wipes her face on the sidelines after losing to Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain.
Rafa Nadal
Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot against Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia.
Rafa Nadal
Irina Falconi of the United States celebrates match point against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.
Christina McHale
Young American Christina McHale reached the US Open third round, dumping 2007 Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli out in straight sets.
Juan Martin del Potro
Argentine Juan Martin del Potro blows on a tennis ball during his match against Italian Filippo Volandri.
Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick was made to work by fellow American Michael Russell before prevailing in four sets in the US Open first round.
US Open
Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return to Dudi Sela of Israel during their match at the US Open.
US Open
Gael Monfils of France hits a return to Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain.
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Jelena Jankovic of Serbia signs autographs after defeating Jelena Dokic of Australia.
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Jelena Jankovic of Serbia takes treatment during her match with Jelena Dokic.
US Open
Maria Sharapova of Russia runs to return a shot against Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus.
US Open
Serena Williams of the US gestures after winning her match against Michaella Kajicek of the Netherlands.
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Andy Roddick celebrates his win over Julien Benneteau of France.
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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his win over David Nalbandian of Argentina.
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Ana Ivanovic of Serbia celebrates defeating Sloane Stephens of the US.
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Serena Williams signs autographs after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
US Open
Serena Williams of the US does the splits after making a shot against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
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Roger Federer of Switzerland lunges for a ball against Marin Cilic of Croatia.
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Andy Murray of Britain celebrates a point against Robin Haase of the Netherlands.
US Open
Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina sits in a chair courtside after dropping a point to Gilles Simon of France.
US Open
Rafael Nadal of Spain gets his foot taped up by trainer Clay Sniteman during his match against David Nalbandian.
US Open
Serena Williams waits for a shower to pass.
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David Ferrer of Spain serves against Andy Roddick.
US Open
Andy Murray of Great Britain talks with Pam Whytcross following a delay in play.
US Open
Rain at the US Open causes major headaches for tournament organisers.
US Open
Rafael Nadal waits for a shower to pass. Rain at the US Open caused major headaches for tournament organisers.
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Movie star Vanessa Hudgens was spotted in the crowd at the US Open.
Roger Federer
Roger Federer reaches out wide for a forehand shot during his semifinal match against Novak Djokovic at the US Open. Federer failed to capitalise on two match points to lose in five sets.
Sam Stosur
Australian Sam Stosur gets airborne on her serve follow-through during her semifinal match against Angelique Kerber of Germany.
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic wipes sweat from the back of his head during the fourth set of his semifinal against Roger Federer.
Rafael Nadal
Rafa Nadal hits a return of serve on centre court at Flushing Meadows.
Arthur Ashe Stadium
The view of Aruthur Ashe Stadium at twilight on semifinal day at the US Open.
Justin Timberlake
Musician and actor Justin Timberlake poses for a photo with fans at the US Open.
Samantha Stosur can truly savour success
Samantha Stosur can savour success after winning the US Open women's singles final.
The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is commemorated ahead of the US Open women's singles final.
The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is commemorated ahead of the US Open women's singles final.
A moment to reflect for Serena Williams during her US Open final loss to Samantha Stosur.
A moment to reflect for Serena Williams during her US Open final loss to Samantha Stosur.
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Samantha Stosur clambers into the players' box in the US Open grandstand after winning the women's singles final.
Samantha Stosur is embraced by the world media after winning the US Open women's singles final.
Samantha Stosur is embraced by the world media after winning the US Open women's singles final.
Serena Williams engages in debate with umpire Eva Asderakia during the US Open women's singles final.
Serena Williams engages in debate with umpire Eva Asderakia during the US Open women's singles final.
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Singer Ciara (R) attends the US Open women's singles final between Serena Williams and Samantha Stosur.
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Novak Djokovic stretches for a return against Rafael Nadal during the men's final.
US Open
Recording artists Jay-Z and Beyonce watch Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic play during the men's final.
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United States Marines hold a giant American Flag across the court for the performance of the National Anthem prior to Rafael Nadal playing against Novak Djokovic during the men's final.
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Novak Djokovic reacts against Rafael Nadal during the men's final.
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Jelena Ristic, girlfriend of Novak Djokovic, watches Djokovic play against Rafael Nadal during the men's final.
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A general view of Rafael Nadal playing against Novak Djokovic during the men's final.
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Rafael Nadal wipes his face with a towel against Novak Djokovic during the men's final.
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Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic pose for a photo prior to playing against each other during the men's final.
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Actor John Lithgow watches Rafael Nadal play against Novak Djokovic in the men's final.
US Open
Actor Ben Stiller and his wife actor Christine Taylor watch Rafael Nadal play against Novak Djokovic in the men's final.
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Rafael Nadal's girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello, his sister Isabel Nadal and mother Ana María Parera look on from the stands prior to Nadal playing against Novak Djokovic in the men's final.
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Rafael Nadal reacts against Novak Djokovic during the men's final.
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Novak Djokovic reacts after he won match point against Rafael Nadal during the men's final.
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Novak Djokovic reacts after he won match point against Rafael Nadal during the men's final.
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Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after he defeated Rafael Nadal during the men's final.
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Rafael Nadal grimaces against Novak Djokovic during the men's final.

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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