Williams, Wozniacki put friendship aside in final

Sat Sep 6, 2014 2:50pm EDT
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By Simon Cambers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki, there is a time for friendship and a time for business, and business does not get much more serious than a grand slam final.

The pair spent some holiday time together in Miami earlier in the summer but on Sunday they will be bidding for U.S. Open glory, with very different motivations.

For world number one Williams, victory would give her an 18th grand slam title, putting her alongside Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova in the all-time list.

Former world number one Wozniacki is hoping to win her first grand slam title and complete an unlikely comeback, having recorded just one quarter-final appearance in her past 11 grand slams.

“I'm just really excited to be in the final,” top seed Williams said, who is chasing her third straight U.S. Open title.

“At the beginning of the week, I definitely wasn't sure I would make it this long. Definitely wasn't sure I'd be here. So I'm just elated, to be honest, to have made it this far.”

Having failed to get beyond the last 16 of the year’s first three grand slam events, Williams exited Wimbledon under a cloud after she retired from the doubles, looking dazed and disorientated.

After later revealing she had been suffering from a viral illness, Williams rebounded in the North American summer, winning two titles and reached the final in New York without dropping a set.   Continued...

Sep 5, 2014; New York, NY, USA;  Serena Williams (USA) in action during her match against Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) on day eleven of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports