NEW YORK — From her first massive forehand to her final well-placed service winner, top-seeded and defending champion Serena Williams left no doubt Friday against Li Na.
Williams beat the fifth-seeded Li, 6-0, 6-3, to advance to the U.S. Open finals.
There was a nearly 14-minute game when Li saved six match points in the second set, and it was full of creative points worthy of the standing ovations both players received. But when Li finally won the game it was only to keep her behind, 5-3, with Williams ready to serve out the match.
Which she did, hitting a lob and a service winner for her last two points.
"I got a little nervous," said Williams,...