Serena Williams completed a rare tactical move against Elina Svitolina in their US Open semi-final.
Williams stormed into her 10th US Open final with a vintage semi-final win over Elina Svitolina.
The American looked in a bit of trouble in the very first game, but swiftly got back up to full speed with Svitolina having no answers to Williams’ dominance.
Still, the No 5 seed did have her chances early on to break – six in the first two Williams’ service games.
Williams, especially in the latter stages of her career, adopts a pretty rigid stance on the baseline.
She does come to the net on occasion, but the 37-year-old almost never goes for the old-school serve-and-volley.
But that’s exactly what she said early in the first set, to the amazement of Martina Navratilova on commentary.
However, Williams has warned that she won’t be trying it again any time soon.
Serena Williams will not be trying another serve and volley – Image: GETTY
Don’t expect that again,” she joked.
“That was like, ‘what am I doing at the net, let me get back to the baseline.’
Williams was reminded that she did go on to win the point, but Williams joked that she feels more at home at the baseline.
“I want to but I’m just grounded on that baseline,” she added.
“I don’t know it’s worked for me.”