When that girl said she was back, she wasn’t playing!
Serena Williams screamed, but it was nothing like the cry that pierced Arthur Ashe Stadium the last time she had appeared in a United States Open semifinal.
Williams, a three-time champion, radiated joy Saturday night after advancing to her first Open final since 2008 with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki.
The 1-hour 26-minute slugfest was played under a nearly full moon and ended 23 minutes before midnight, when Williams lashed a backhand winner off a second serve to break Wozniacki for the fifth time.
It was a much more luminous ending for Williams than in 2009, her last Open appearance, when she lashed out at a lineswoman who called her for a foot fault and lost to Kim Clijsters when she was given a point penalty on match point.
“For me, it’s amazing,” said Williams, who was hospitalized earlier this year with a pulmonary embolism. “Just thinking about being in the hospital and now I’m beating the No. 1 player, I think it calls for an even bigger reaction.”
Williams will meet Samantha Stosur, whom she has beaten four times in six meetings, in the final Sunday.
Get ’em, Serena! Will you be watching the U.S. Open Women’s Final today?