Jelena Jankovic made it to her first Grand Slam final and Serena Williams ended the five-year drought of American women in the US Open decider as they won their semi-finals in straight sets on Friday.
Both overcame Russian opponents — Jankovic beat Elena Dementieva 6-4, 6-4, while Williams downed Dinara Safina 6-3, 6-2.
It will be Williams’ first appearance in a US Open final since she won it in 2002 and no American has made it since. It is also nine years since her first final at Flushing Meadows, which she won as a 17-year-old.
This should be a truly great match – the rivalry between Serena and Jankovic is locked up at 3-3 with Jankovic running past her in the 2008 Australian Open quarters and Serena brushing her off in the 2008 Miami final.
Who gets bragging rights? The final was scheduled for tonight, but forecasts of rain have forced postponement of the match until tomorrow. Serena has waited six years to return to the U.S. Open final and Jankovic has waited her whole life so what’s another day? Check the US Open site for updates.