June 22, 2017

No. 1 Serena Williams to Face No. 2 Victoria Azarenka for US Open Title


Serena Williams in Cincinnatti 2013

(September 6, 2013) It will be a repeat of last year’s US Open women’s final as both Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka moved into the finals in Flushing Meadows with straight set wins in their respective semifinals.

No. 2 Azarenka, despite an error-ridden performance beat unseeded Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-2 in the first semifinal match of the day on Friday.

Williams faced no real challenge from Li Na until the very end when the Chinese No. 1 saved 6 match points on her serve with Williams leading 6-0, 5-2. Williams would serve out the match and seal it with a service winner for the win – 6-0, 6-3.

“It was a good experience going into the next round,” Williams said. “If I even get a match point, I’ll be ready to stay calm and just to stay focused and relaxed.”

Williams has lost a total of 16 games in the 6 matches leading up to the final, the second fewest in US Open history.

On playing Williams in the final, the Belarusian said: “You’ve got to fight. You’ve got to run. You’ve got to grind. And you’ve got to bite with your teeth for whatever opportunity you have,” Azarenka said. “She’s obviously an amazing player. She’s the greatest of all time.”

“We know each other pretty well. I know her strengths; she knows my strengths,” Azarenka added. “That’s what it’s all about, about those turning points, who wants it more, who’s willing to go for it more.”

Williams beat Azarenka in last year’s US Open final.

Williams has a 12-3 record against Azarenka. Her last loss came to Azarenka in the finals of Cincinnati last month.

After winning her semifinal singles match Serena had to head back to court to pair up with sister Venus in the women’s doubles semifinal.

They lost 6-4, 6-2 to the Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.