Venus, Serena back in final

NEW YORK -- Maybe they should just hand the Williams sisters the trophy.

A victory Thursday put Venus and Serena in their 10th Grand Slam doubles final. Their career record thus far: 9-0.

"Hopefully, that's a record that won't end yet," Serena said. "We really want this. I'm sure whoever we play really wants it, too."

The Williams sisters advanced with a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-2 victory in the semifinals over Alisa Kleybanova and Ekaterina Makarova. The other semifinal was scheduled for Friday.

The Williamses are back in the U.S. Open final for the first time since 1999.

"Good to make the final again. Encouraging and very cool," Serena said.

A 10th Grand Slam title would put the Williamses halfway to the record shared by Pam Shriver and Martina Navratilova.

On a day when both teams struggled in wind topping 20 mph, the Williamses faced two set points against them in the first set. Serena proceeded to crank in four straight serves and the Russians barely got a racket on any of them.

"I just said, 'OK, I'm going to hit two aces here, four aces actually,'" she said. "That's pretty much how I felt and I did it. I thought, 'This is ridiculous. I've got to get these aces and get myself out of this situation.'"

The Williamses had trouble returning serve in the second set, but they got an early break in the third and rolled from there.