SAN DIEGO, September 6, 2013 – It will be the women’s final everyone hoped for at the 2013 U.S. Open on Sunday. The number one and two seeds, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, won their semi-finals matches with ease on Friday.
Williams was expected to face more of a challenge against the surging Li Na of China, who has played well this tournament. But the fifth ranked player had trouble getting her engine started, losing the first seven games straight to Williams. It’s not that Na played so poorly; it’s that Williams is this good right now.
Na started making up a little ground, getting a service break early in the second set. But Williams reeled it back in and won in straight sets, 6-0 , 6-3.
The fans in New York got their money’s worth near the end of the match. Williams and Na played eight deuces in the second to last game, which lasted nearly 14 minutes. It was a moral victory of sorts for Na, who was going down to defeat eventually. At the end of the match, Williams served an ace to win and let out a whoop of victory.
Williams wil give Azarenka a rematch of last year’s final. Azarenka beat the surprising Flavia Pennetta of Italy, 6-4, 6-2. Azarenka managed to overcome numerous mistakes including six double fault on serves. Pennetta is coming back from injury, was was only ranked number 83. She acquitted herself well and will be someone to watch on the women’s side in the near future.
Sunday will be the 21st Grand Slam final of Williams’ career. This is the first final featuring the first and second seeded players in 10 years at the U.S. Open.
While Williams beat Azarenka in last year’s final, Azarenka recently beat Williams in a tournament in Cincinnati in August. “We always have really good matches. I look forward to it,” Williams said. “It’s great to get to another final. She’s a great player and she lifts her game when it really counts.”
Williams had a 90 minute break before coming back to play in the doubles semi-finals with her sister, Venus against the fifth seed Czech team of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka. Communities will provide an update at the conclusion of this evening’s match.
Saturday, the men play their semi-final matches. It will be Djokovic (1) and Wawrinka (9), then Nadal (2) vs. Gasquet (8).
CBS will carry Saturday’s TV coverage of the U.S. Open live from 12 noon to 6 p.m. ET.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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