Victoria Azarenka ended Serena Williams’ newest bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title, rallying for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-Three victory within the US Open semifinals. Azarenka, a two-time Grand Slam champion, superior to her first main ultimate in seven years and can play 2018 US Open champion Naomi Osaka on Saturday.
They had been supposed to fulfill within the ultimate of the Western & Southern Open, performed this 12 months in Flushing Meadows instantly earlier than the US Open, however Osaka withdraw due to a hamstring damage.
Williams appeared she would attain her third straight US Open ultimate simply after rolling by means of the primary set. However Azarenka gained 5 straight video games to shut out the second set and surge to a 3-Zero lead within the third, happening to beat Williams for the primary time of their 11 Grand Slam conferences.
“It’s been seven years? That’s my favorite quantity. I assume that’s meant to be. I’m very grateful for this chance,” stated Azarenka who gained the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013 and misplaced to Williams within the US Open finals every of these two years. “On the street to the ultimate, it’s important to beat the most effective gamers and right now was that day.”
The loss left Williams simply wanting No. 24 but once more. She was overwhelmed within the finals of 4 of the previous seven Slams, together with at Flushing Meadows in 2018 and 2019. Together with her 39th birthday just a little greater than two weeks away, the query will grow to be: What number of extra possibilities will Williams get?
This was Williams’ fourth consecutive three-setter in New York and though she was much better on the outset Thursday, racing to a 4-Zero lead inside 15 minutes, Azarenka ultimately did get going.
Proof of Azarenka’s brilliance: She compiled 12 winners and merely one unforced error within the second set, then continued her baseline mastery within the third, particularly together with her backhand.