King/Shvedova a win away from repeating as doubles champions

The third-seeded duo of American seeded American team of Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond in the women's doubles final at the U.S. Open.

Huber and Raymond overcame Slovakia's Daniel Hantuchova and Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-2, 6-4. In Friday's other semifinal, King and Shvedova upended the fifth-seeded Russian tandem of Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova, 7-6 (9-7), 2-6, 6-3.

King and Shvedova are trying to successfully defend the title they won last year over Huber and Petrova. They also won the Wimbledon doubles crown in 2010.

The 38-year-old Raymond, playing in her 20th year of doubles at the U.S. Open and a two-time champion at Flushing Meadows (2001, 2005), is going for her sixth major doubles crown. Her partner won the U.S. Open with Zimbabwe's Cara Black in 2008 and was the runner-up the following two years, including with Petrova in 2010.

The last time the same team repeated as doubles champions at the U.S. Open was from 2002-04 when Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual and Argentina's Paola Suarez won three titles in a row.

The final is Sunday afternoon.