Serena, Azarenka Book Final After US Open Semis
by Staff | September 6th, 2013, 10:46 pm

Serena Williams will meet Victoria Azarenka in the 2013 US Open final after both completed predictable straight-set wins on Friday in Flushing Meadows.
Williams extended her game winning streak in the tournament to 24 until finally giving up a game to China’s Li Na, eventually winning handily 6-0, 6-3. In the second set Na broke for a 2-1 lead before Williams applied the hammer, winning five of the next six games.

“Li Na’s such a great player,” Williams said in her on-court interview. “It was tough at the end of the match, and I got a little bit nervous there, but I was able to close it out finally…To come out here and constantly hear, ‘Go Serena, Go Serena,’ it’s honestly a pleasure. I hear young voices and older voices out here and it really feels so special, so thank you very much to the fans and everyone.”

In the final the world No. 1 will face Azarenka in a growing rivalry. Azarenka topped unseeded Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-2 in a match featuring a number of service breaks.

“It’s been a long road to the final and it’s an amazing feeling to come out here and fight for that trophy on Sunday,” Azarenka said. “I’m definitely giving myself the best chance for my dreams here.”

Azarenka is 2-1 in career Slam finals entering the Sunday match-up with Williams.

“You’ve got to fight,” said Azarenka on facing the current world No. 1. “You’ve got to run, you’ve got to grind, and you’ve got to bite with your teeth for whatever opportunity you have out there. She’s obviously an amazing player. She’s the greatest player of all time.”

Serena leads the head-to-head series 12-3, but Azarenka won their most recent meeting this summer in Cincinnati.


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16 Comments for Serena, Azarenka Book Final After US Open Semis

SG1 Says:

If Serena plays tight, this match can go either way. In the recent past, she’s played nervously in her GS finals (but won most of them). She lost to Azarenka and Stosur and looked uncomfortable at crunch time.

This being said, if she comes out and plays freely, I think she beats Azarenka comfortably.

Humble Rafa Says:

Some people are referring to my competition with the Egg Lover as the “Next Rivalry”. I want to tell them that there is and will always be only one “Rivalry”. Please don’t dilute the brand equity.

Thank You.

Humble Highness
Current Location: At the Knee Machine

M Says:

“If Serena plays tight, this match can go either way. “

Yes. This.


James Says:

I’m afraid, this match is over in straight sets. Serena is just the better player. Well deserved.

PJ Says:

Wow, this is some drama

the DA Says:

Love it. Now we’ve got a match. More errors than usual from Serena but that’s probably the wind. There was some ballsy points by Vika towards the end of that set.

Eric Says:

Embarrassing demeanor and sportsmanship from Serena in that tiebreak, holy cow. I guess she did just get broken while serving for the match…twice.

Super Says:

The greatest women’s final ever so far! This may be a historical tennis match.

the DA Says:

“greatest women’s final ever”

Huh? How long have you been around?

Super Says:

(At the risk of sounding silly now, I did make my first comment after the end of the second set, which was a spectacular come-back.)

the DA Says:

It was certainly dramatic but fizzled out at the end. I wouldn’t call it the best final ever. I can remember several that were higher quality. So Serena makes it 17. Still won’t match Steffi ;)

Super Says:

I agree the DA. The final set was an anti-climax.

Congratulations for Serena for winning another major.

Tomorrow will probably be an exceptional Nadal-Djokovic match.

metan Says:

Serena #17 and Roger #17
Will they keep adding ????.

Congrats to Serena and all her fans.
Actually I am still bitter she was outlast my girl in semi.

andrea Says:

drat. my pvr conked out right after azarenka won the second set. saw the final score online. too bad. was hoping for a gripping 3rd set. amazing that azarenka could fight back from two breaks down..both times while serena was serving for the match.

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