Serena Williams to play Japan's Naomi Osaka in US Open final

    Williams is through to her second grand slam final of the year

    (CNN)Serena Williams brushed aside Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets to advance to the US Open women's final, taking her a step closer to equaling the all-time record haul of grand slam titles.

    Williams, 36, was at her imperious best in defeating her Latvian opponent, taking only 66 minutes to dispatch the 19th seed 6-3 6-0 to reach her ninth US Open final.
    The 23-time grand slam champion will meet Naomi Osaka of Japan in Saturday's final after the 20th seed beat American Madison Keys 6-2 6-4 to become the first Japanese woman to advance to a grand slam final.
      Should Williams beat Osaka, who was one year old when Williams won her first grand slam in 1999, she will equal Margaret Court's record of 24 grand slam singles titles.
        Williams lost in July's Wimbledon final
        "It's honestly really incredible," said Williams, who is ranked No. 26 in the world after a heavily interrupted year following the difficult birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia.
        "A year ago I was fighting for literally my life at the hospital after I had the baby. Every day I step on this court I'm so grateful that I have an opportunity to play this sport.
        "No matter what happens in any match, semis, finals, I just feel like I've already won."

        Dominant display

        Sevastova broke Williams' serve early in the match, but once the American great found her rhythm it was clear that there was only going to be one outcome.
        While she was dominant with her powerful groundstrokes, the former world No.1 also showed her strength at the net, winning 24 of 28 points when coming forward.
        It is the six-time winner's first US Open final in four years and only once has she dropped a set on her way to this year's final, in her last-16 match against Kaia Kanepi.