World No.1 Ashleigh Barty and defending champion Elina Svitolina will face off for the richest prize in tennis after the pair came through tough three-set semifinals at the WTA Finals in China Saturday.
Serena Williams moved into a 10th US Open final and picked up a record-equaling 101st win in New York by routing Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1 but the number she might still be preoccupied with is 24.
Serena Williams remains on course for an eighth Wimbledon singles title after trouncing Czech Barbora Strycova to reach her 11th final at the All England Club.
Ukrainians haven't had much to cheer about in recent years. There has been conflict, misery, uncertainty. But as one of the country's most successful sports stars, Elina Svitolina hopes she can provide some joy during the bleakest of times.
Novak Djokovic lost his cool at the French Open on Friday but crucially for the Serb, not his third-round match or compassion.
If Simona Halep does go on to win the French Open crown Saturday, it is likely that Wednesday's quarterfinal victory over Elina Svitolina will prove to be the turning point.