Sep 08, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Serena Williams beats Sara Errani to face Victoria Azarenka in US Open final
Azarenka overcomes Maria Sharapova in semis
BBC Sport – Serena Williams thrashed Italy’s Sara Errani 6-1 6-2 to reach her sixth US Open final, where she will play top seed Victoria Azarenka.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion, who won Olympic singles gold at London 2012, dispatched 10th seed Errani in just 64 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Williams has lost just one of the 26 matches she has played since her French Open first-round defeat on 29 May. She will bid for a fourth New York title against Azarenka tomorrow.
The Belarusian world number one came from a set down to beat Maria Sharapova in Friday’s opening semi-final. Azarenka will hope to cause a huge upset with victory over Williams, who goes into the match as overwhelming favourite.
The American has dropped only 19 games in six matches so far and is hoping to avenge her loss to Sam Stosur in the 2011 showpiece.
Her win against Errani looked likely from the moment she broke serve with a forehand winner for a 2-0 lead in the first set. Another stinging forehand sealed the double-break as Errani, the first Italian woman to reach the US Open semi-finals in the Open Era, struggled to get her racquet to the ball.
Victoria Azarenka produced a spirited fightback to overwhelm Maria Sharapova and reach her maiden US Open final. In a noisy but high-quality encounter, Azarenka came from a set and a break down to stun 2006 champion Sharapova at a scorching Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Belarusian, who also beat her third-seeded Russian opponent to win the Australian Open, won 2-6 6-2 6-4.
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