Serena Williams advances to U.S. Open finals, a year after missing tournament to give birth

After yet another show of force at the U.S. Open, Serena Williams is one match away from reaching yet another milestone in an already incredible career. The tennis legend topped Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-0 on Thursday to reach the U.S. Open finals.

With a win on Saturday in the finals, Williams would take the 24th Grand Slam singles title of her career and move into a tie with Margaret Court for the most Grand Slam singles titles in tennis history.

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FLUSHING MEADOW, NY - AUGUST 27: SERENA WILLIAMS (USA) day one of the 2018 US Open on August 27, 2018 at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, NY. (Photo by Chaz Niell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic serves the ball during her women's singles first round match against Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium on Day Two of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 27: Rafael Nadal of Spain competes against David Ferrer (not seen) of Spain during US Open 2018 tournament in Flushing, New York, United States on August 27, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 27: Rafael Nadal of Spain competes against David Ferrer (not seen) of Spain during US Open 2018 tournament in Flushing, New York, United States on August 27, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FLUSHING MEADOW, NY - AUGUST 27: RAFAEL NADAL (ESP) day one of the 2018 US Open on August 27, 2018 at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow NY (Photo by Chaz Niell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 27 : Kevin Anderson of South Africa plays against Ryan Harrison (not seen) of USA during their 128 round match at the US Open in Court 17 in New York, United States on August 27, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 27 : British tennis player Andy Murray reacts after winning against James Duckworth (not seen) of Australia during US Open tennis tournament match at the Louis Armstrong Stadium in New York, United States on August 27, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 27 : Venus Williams of USA in action during her first-round match against Svetlana Kuznetsova (unseen) of Russia at the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, United States on August 27, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates the point during her women's singles first round match against Magda Linette of Poland on Day One of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: A general view of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the opening night performance by singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson on Day One of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return to Patty Schnyder of Switzerland (off frame) during their 2018 US Open women's match August 28, 2018 in New York. (Photo by EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Madison Keys of US falls down after hitting a return to Pauline Parmentier (out of frame) of France during their 2018 US Open women's match in New York on August 28, 2018. (Photo by EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Gael Monfils of France returns the ball during his men's singles first round match against Facundo Bagnis of Argentina on Day Two of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates a point against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary during their 2018 US Open men's match August 28, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
The taped hand of Rafael Nadal of Spain is seen as he prepares to serve to David Ferrer of Spain during their 2018 US Open men's Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 27, 2018. - World number one and defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal sent his close friend David Ferrer into Grand Slam retirement on Monday when his veteran compatriot was forced to quit their first round match with an injury. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic serves to Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium during their 2018 US Open women's match August 28, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams of the US gets ready for Magda Linette of Poland serve during their 2018 US Open Women's Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 27, 2018. (Photo by EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball during the men's singles fourth round match against Jaoa Sousa of Portugal on Day Eight of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus serves during the women's singles fourth round match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Eight of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02: Serena Williams of The United States returns the ball during her women's singles fourth round match against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia on Day Seven of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates match point during the men's singles fourth round match against Jaoa Sousa of Portugal on Day Eight of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 31: Sloane Stephens of the United States celebrates victory during her women's singles third round match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 31: Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball during his men's singles third round match against Karen Khachanov of Russia on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates victory following her women's singles semi-final match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia on Day Eleven of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates her victory over Madison Keys of the US after their 2018 US Open women's singles semi-finals tennis match on September 6, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Williams’ only stumble came at the beginning of the match, when Sevastova broke her first service game to win the first two games of the match. However, it was all Serena from there, with the American winning 12 of the next 13 games to blow out the Latvian 19-seed.

All of this comes 370 days after Williams gave birth to her first child on Sept. 1, 2017, which forced her to miss nearly the entire tennis season last year. After reaching the fourth round of the French Open and the finals of Wimbledon this year, Williams now has another shot to capture her first Grand Slam since.

Williams will face the winner of the other semifinal on Thursday between Madison Keys and Naomi Osaka.

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