No. 1 seed Serena Williams booked a spot in her fourth U.S. Open final on Friday with a dominant 6-1, 6-3 win over No. 18 seed Ekaterina Makarova in the semifinals. In a match that lasted just one hour, Williams put forth her cleanest performance of the tournament, firing 24 winners to just six for Makarova. The Russian was playing in her first Slam semifinal and was overwhelmed by Williams' power and consistency off the ground.
Williams' win sets up a final against her good friend Caroline Wozniacki on Sunday. Wozniacki advanced to her first Slam final since 2009 after her opponent Peng Shuai, trailing 7-6 (1), 4-3, was forced to retire with heat illness.