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US Open 2020, Women's semi-finals, Match Highlights: Victoria Azarenka beats Serena Williams in comeback win

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US Open 2020, Women's semi-finals, Match Highlights: Victoria Azarenka beats Serena Williams in comeback win

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Sept 11, 2020 - 09:27 (IST)

Right. That's all we have in store for you from the US Open tonight and what an action packed semi-finals we've had. Four big hitters and two winners at the end of it all. Two three setters and been entertaining all the way. Join us for the men's singles semi-finals at 1.30 AM IST on Saturday morning (4 PM EST on Friday). Until then, goodbye! 

Sept 11, 2020 - 09:25 (IST)

Great win for Azarenka and sets up beautifully for the final

Sept 11, 2020 - 09:24 (IST)

Azarenka breaking long held records

Sept 11, 2020 - 09:22 (IST)

Match stats as Azarenka books her place in the final to face Osaka

Sept 11, 2020 - 09:21 (IST)

Azarenka: "I knew it wasn't over until it is all over. We both know that and today it was different."

"Finding my calm mind is daily work. I had to keep moving, get the energy, no crowds so I had to do it myself. She put me in a hole after first set. It wasn't easy."

"I hope tonight's match inspires women to go after their dreams. They can do many things in their lives. I'm a mom outside, but on court I can go for my dreams, inspire my child."

"Super fun to play Naomi Osaka. She is super powerful. Playing in the final is a great opportunity and I'm going to make the most of it. I saw her match today and there were great rallies. We couldn't play last week so I'm looking forward to it"

Sept 11, 2020 - 09:17 (IST)

GAME, SET, MATCH VICTORIA AZARENKA!

Victoria Azarenka comes from a set down to beat Serena Williams 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 55 minutes. This is her first Grand Slam final since 2013 US Open and first win at a major over Serena

Sept 11, 2020 - 09:16 (IST)

Williams 6-1, 3-6, 3-6 Azarenka (* denotes server)

Victoria Azarenka serving for the match. Starts off by seeing Serena miss a return. On second, Azarenka hits the sideline and Serena is unable to get it back. What placement! No chance of getting it back. Serena not going away either. She finds her depth with a thumpign forehand - 79mph. A double fault brings the game at even footing. But she gets a BIG serve to follow and Serena is unable to get it back. Who could? Match point. ACE! 

Sept 11, 2020 - 09:12 (IST)

Williams 6-1, 3-6, 3-5 *Azarenka (* denotes server)

Another comfortable hold from Serena. She drops two points in that serve and leaves it to Azarenka to try and close this out. 

Sept 11, 2020 - 09:08 (IST)

Williams* 6-1, 3-6, 2-5 Azarenka (* denotes server)

Serena with a shanked backhand that goes wide. Azarenka holds after dropping one point in her serve. She is one game away from the final

Sept 11, 2020 - 09:05 (IST)

Williams 6-1, 3-6, 2-4 *Azarenka (* denotes server)

Serena drops one point in that serve. Azarenka sends the backhand return into the net. Williams trying her best to stay active, stay mobile after that foot "injury"

Serena Williams will play Victoria Azarenka in one women's semifinal - a rematch of the 2012 and 2013 US Open finals won by Williams - and Naomi Osaka will face Jennifer Brady in the other.

Williams is closing in on what would be her seventh US Open championship and record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title overall. She has made it to the semifinals in each of her past 11 appearances in New York. Azarenka is a two-time Australian Open champion on a 10-match winning streak and back in a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time in seven years. Williams leads Azarenka 18-4 head-to-head.

Williams, who turns 39 later this month, is coming off two three-set comeback victories in a row and hit 20 aces in her win against Tsvetana Pironkova in the quarterfinals.

Williams was the runner-up at Flushing Meadows each of the past two years; she lost to Osaka in the 2018 final. That was one of Osaka's two Grand Slam titles. Brady, meanwhile, had never been past the fourth at any major tournament until this week.

But she is playing as well as anyone since tennis resumed last month from its hiatus because of the coronavirus , winning the first WTA title of her career at Lexington, Kentucky.

Brady is a 25-year-old from Pennsylvania who helped UCLA win a college championship. She and Osaka have played twice, each winning once by a 6-4, 6-4 score, although Brady's victory came six years ago.

(With inputs from AP)

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