"It's not just another match, but we will try to pretend it's just another match".
That lack of preparation was because of a knee injury but the knee now better, Williams enjoyed a fruitful training block after Wimbledon prior to competing at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
The six-time champion will face Canadian 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu in Saturday's final in NY.
En route to her win, the former world number one smashed 33 winners and six aces while making just 20 unforced errors.
"The game has just changed, I think there's so much more depth", said Williams.
"It's not easy to go through what I did and come back, and so fast". "Like, I really don't know what to say". "And I think it's prepared me for what's going on now". "I've been way more chill".
In Medvedev, who will be appearing in his fourth consecutive final, Nadal will face the hottest player in the men's game and perhaps one of the most complex.
There was more woe for Svitolina and her player box - which included her boyfriend, Gael Monfils, who lost in the quarterfinals Wednesday - when she couldn't break from 40-0 on the Williams serve at 3-1. It wasn't too fun playing her.
"I don't think about it". She finished with a 34-11 advantage in winners.
Not long after, Williams booked a spot in the final nearly exactly 20 years after appearing in her first grand slam final at the 1999 US Open. She has gone 43-4 this season while skyrocketing up the rankings from No. 208 into the top 10.
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"If someone told me a year ago that I would be in the finals of the U.S. Open this year, I would have told them, 'You're insane, '" said Andreescu, who took her semifinal's last five games after trailing 5-2. "When I'm on the court in front of these big stages, I'm really good at just blocking everything and staying in the zone".
The victory was her 101st at the US Open, matching the record held by Chris Evert.
Williams had to retire due to injury early in the match, giving Andreescu a historic win on home soil.
She faced three break points in the opening game and managed to pull it out.
Six-time champion Williams has progressed to the Flushing Meadows showpiece for the loss of just one set and dispatched fifth seed Elina Svitolina in the semi-finals with a devastating performance. Last year, Naomi Osaka of Japan defeated her in the final.
"This is honestly so insane", an emotional Andreescu said in an on-court interview. Both the star players will play the grand final round on September 8th at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
"I need someone to pinch me right now", Andreescu said in her post-match interview, as per CBC.
Houdini act in the 1st set For the second-straight night at the tournament, Andreescu didn't play her best tennis to start the match.
But Andreescu refused to go away and won the next five games, breaking Andreescu once more on her third match point to book her place in the final.
The 15th-seeded Andreescu trailed Bencic 4-1 and 5-2 in the second set before taking the last five games.