Serena eases past Svitolina to reach US Open final

American tennis star Serena Williams continued her quest for 24th Grand Slam title by sweeping aside fifth-seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in straight sets in the semi-finals of the US Open at Flushing Meadows on Friday.

Serena shrugged off a tricky start to clinch a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 win over her Ukrainian opponent in the last-four clash of the women's singles event that lasted for one hour and 10 minutes at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

En route to her win, the former world number one smashed 33 winners and six aces while making just 20 unforced errors.

She dropped just four points behind her first serve during the clash.