New York: Serena Williams routed 10th-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 6-1 6-2 on Friday to advance to the US Open women's championship match against world number one Victoria Azarenka.

The 30-year-old American overpowered the diminutive Errani, a French Open finalist and top-ranked doubles player in the world, registering 38 winners, including nine aces.

Williams cut loose with a scream of joy after ending the 64-minute match with a second-serve ace.

"It's really awesome. This is what I really wanted and dreamed of all year," said the fourth-seeded Williams. "I'm in the final again and I'm really excited about it."

Fourteen-time grand slam singles winner Williams will be gunning to crown her 'Golden Summer' with a fourth US Open title following her London triumphs at Wimbledon and the Olympics, where she won both singles and doubles gold.

Australian Open champion Azarenka of Belarus advanced with a 3-6 6-2 6-4 victory over French Open winner Maria Sharapova of Russia on a hot, muggy day in Flushing Meadows and will face Williams Saturday night on Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

(Agencies)

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