US Open 2018: Serena Williams crushes Anastasija Sevastova, will face Naomi Osaka in final

SERENA Williams is one step closer to a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title, cruising by Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova in the US Open semi-final.

Williams, seeded 17th as she seeks to add to her 23 Grand Slam titles for the first time since the birth of her daughter Olympia on September 1 of last year, needed just 66 minutes to dispatch the 19th-seeded Latvian, who was playing in her first Grand Slam semi-final.

Williams will face Naomi Osaka for the title on Sunday (AEST), and the rising Japanese star had only complimentary words for the American legend.

“I really want to play Serena,” Osaka said, after her 6-2, 6-4 win over the USA’s Madison Keys.

When asked why, her response was simple: “Because she’s Serena.”

Osaka, a 20-year-old based in Florida who was in the last four of a major for the first time, became the first Japanese woman to reach a Grand Slam final.

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