Victoria’s revenge

NEW YORK, September 11

Victoria Azarenka shocked Serena Williams 1-6 6-Three 6-Three within the semifinals of the US Open yesterday, denying the American the prospect of successful a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title on residence soil this yr.

Azarenka will play Japan’s Naomi Osaka on Saturday in her third remaining at Flushing Meadows, having misplaced the earlier two to Williams in 2012 and 2013.

Serena has her ankle taped throughout a medical timeout. AP/PTI

Azarenka stated her psychological sport had been essential in beating the 38-year-old Williams, who wanted a medical timeout to have her left ankle re-taped within the third set attributable to Achilles bother.

“I have been working on finding a calm mind and keep the body going,” the Belarusian stated. “She dug me in a big hole in the first set. I needed to find energy to climb out of the hole and it wasn’t easy.”

Williams, who has been caught on 23 Grand Slam titles since successful the 2017 Australian Open, stated the defeat was “obviously disappointing”. “At the same time … I did what I could today,” she added. “I feel like other times I’ve been close and I could have done better. Today I felt like I gave a lot.”

Osaka outlasts Brady

Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka reached the US Open remaining for the second time in her profession with an exciting 7-6(1) 3-6 6-Three victory over American hope Jennifer Brady.

Brady arrived at her first Grand Slam semifinal with out having dropped a set in New York and didn’t present any nerves however Osaka’s firepower allowed her to get by the 28th seed. Fourth seed Osaka, who gained the primary of two consecutive Grand Slam titles two years in the past in New York, fired 35 winners and had 17 unforced errors as regular rain pounded on the roof of an in any other case quiet Arthur Ashe Stadium. — Reuters

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