Azarenka eliminates Serena Williams and qualifies for the final

Belarusian tennis player Victoria Azarenka, world number 27, defeated this Thursday by 1-6, 6-3 and 6-3 the former world number one Serena Williams, third seed, and got a pass to the US Open final.

Sep 11, 2020 at 6:12 am


The 31-year-old Azarenka's rival in the final will be Japan's Naomi Osaka, fourth seeded, and also former world number one who won in three sets in the first semifinal match by 7-6 (1), 3-6 and 6-3 to American tennis player Jennifer Brady, twenty-eighth seeded, and reached the final of the United States Open for the second time.

The duel between Azarenka and Osaka will be the fourth with a 2-1 advantage for the Japanese tennis player.

Both players could have faced each other in the last Cincinnati Premier 5 final, but Osaka did not appear after suffering a muscle strain in her left leg.

The triumph of Azarenka, who will play for his third Open final after having played in 2012 and 2013 which he lost to Williams also allows him to leave the series at 1 8-5 of confrontations he has had before the former number one in the United States .

Defeat that you feel

The defeat of the 38-year-old Williams, who played her twentieth Open, left her without the possibility of contesting the eleventh final and fighting for the seventh title of champion and the twenty-fourth of Grand Slam that would have allowed her to tie with the legendary Margaret Court as the all-time leader.

The game that lasted one hour and 55 minutes, left or Azarenka with 24 winners against only 17 unforced errors by 35 and 28, respectively, by Williams.

The first round became a real country eo for Williams who played his twentieth Open, who dominated all facets of the game and only needed 34 minutes to win it.

Everything looked like it was going to be an easy ride for Williams as he attempted to return to the Open final for the eleventh time, the third time in a row.

Sudden change

But everything changed when in the fifth game of the second, Azarenka was finally able to make Williams the first 'break' of the match and then everything changed.

Azarenka broke in the fifth for 3-2 and then made it 4-2 with her serve and began to cement the comeback in the 35 minutes that the set lasted.

The third, with the 'moment' on the side of Azarenka, although he had to overcome a 0-30 against him with the serve in his power, but again the solidity in his game from the back of the court made the difference in their favor.

After getting 1-0 and the confidence that seven years later he could take revenge for the two defeats in the previous finals, which also went to three sets, was reflected in the 0-40 that he saved in the second game with Williams' service to which he won five points in a row and made the decisive break.

With the 2-0, then he secured the 3-0 and the serve in his power so that from that moment on he would not fail, play more and more safely and little by little undermine the confidence of Williams who saw his final fight to trying to achieve the comeback was already impossible.