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  Friday, 6 September, 2002, 23:06 GMT 00:06 UK
Serena edges out Davenport
Serena Williams
Williams let her control slip in the second set
(1) S Williams (US) bt (4) L Davenport (US) 6-3 7-5

Top seed Serena Williams joined sister Venus in the final of the US Open with a performance of grit and determination against fourth seed Lindsay Davenport.

Having watched sister Venus struggle to book her place in the final, Serena looked set for a much easier task as she cruised through the first set.

However, Davenport earned herself enormous credit by staying with the world number one in the second set and then earning herself two set points.

But Williams showed why she has been the world's dominant player this year by eradicating the errors and stepping up a gear at 3-5 to see off the danger.

And the 21-year-old let out a scream of delight when a huge forehand hit the line out of Davenport's reach to confirm a second consecutive all-Williams final at Flushing Meadows.

"I want to win more than anything," declared Serena afterwards.

"It has been three years since I won the US Open. I like winning here."

Davenport marvelled at the success of the Williams sisters.

"The most amazing thing in sports," she said.

"Could you imagine Tiger Woods challenging a sibling to go head-to-head for all the majors?"

Williams was at her imperious best in the first set, her first serve reaching a consistency of over 70%.

Davenport was rendered helpless as she struggled to hold her own serve and could make no impact on her opponent's.

The top seed broke at the first opportunity and it was only a surprise that Williams did not win the opening set by a wider margin.

Unforced errors

However, Davenport fought hard to prevent Williams running away with the match and her durability was rewarded at 3-2 when the unforced errors crept into Williams' game and Davenport pounced to secure her first break of the match.

But Williams showed fighting spirit of her own in abundance.

Serving to level the match at 5-3, Davenport was faced with an invigorated opponent who suddenly rediscovered the accuracy she demonstrated in the first set.

Attacking the net and pressuring Davenport into errors, Williams recovered the break but she still had work to do to break her opponent's resistance.

Davenport engineered two sets points in Williams' next service game, but on each occasion the top seed produced two brave first serves and somehow survived.

With Davenport deflated, Williams took the opportunity to turn the screw and after breaking to love, she produced another masterful service game to finally get the better of a resilient opponent.

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