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Serena Williams swept into her second straight US Open final with a crushing 6-1, 6-2 victory Friday over Italy's Sara Errani in just 1 hour and 4 minutes.
But it took Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova 2 hours and 42 minutes to settle their differences in a high-velocity, high-volume match that eventually went to Azarenka, the Belarussian world No. 1, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
If anyone had thought to sell ear muffs outside Arthur Ashe Stadium, they would have done a roaring trade.
Azarenka and Sharapova are the game's two biggest shriekers and, for some, they produce such a high-pitched cacophony of sound when playing each other that the whole experience becomes unbearable.
A pity, because this was a compelling duel, laced with some amazing rallies and sudden changes of fortune. It was a match Azarenka deserved to win, but Sharapova could have won -- and, on her record of not having lost a three-set match since last year's US Open (12 in all) would have been expected to win.
The Russian, who completed the rare feat of winning all four Slams when she won the French Open in June, started like an express train, breaking early and leading 4-1. But the train kept getting shunted into sidings by double faults - a problem that started to trouble her even as she served out for the first set. In the end there were 10 of them.
Breaking in the first game of the third, it seemed that Sharapova was on her way to avenging two bad straight-set defeats at the hands of Azarenka at the Australian Open and Indian Wells this year - matches that were played on hard courts, unlike the clay of Stuttgart, where Maria had won handily, 6-1, 6-4 in the spring.
But Azarenka slowly started relaxing and moving better, and when the rhythm returned to her ground strokes, the crowd was treated to some truly incredible baseline rallies. It is not often that two women have hit a tennis ball harder or more cleanly than this, and Sharapova often came out of them with the winner she was striving for -- in total, she hit 44 of them to Vika's 19.
But Azarenka forced her way back into the match, breaking Sharapova three times in Maria's next four service games and hanging tough in the third set as Sharapova's return game went off the boil.
"A lot of swings in the match today," Sharapova said afterward. "She picked up her game. In the third, I think it had a lot to do with the returns. I didn't do much on her service games. She was winning them pretty easy and I was not putting any pressure on her."
Sharapova said that, over the past few years after she returned from shoulder surgery, she has been better at putting wins and losses into perspective.
"If you are level headed about difficult defeats then they don't seem so difficult," she said. "And after I won the French Open, of course I was so happy but I had this really calm feeling, like a settlement in my career. It wasn't like I wanted to go out and party and tell the whole world I had won. It was just this feeling within me that I had achieved something I had worked for. And the losses - they're difficult, but they motivate me to go back on court and practice."
Whether Azarenka will be reflecting on a win or a loss on Saturday evening remains to be seen, but she will have to pull out something special to stop Serena.
Errani, of course, does not have the fire power to push an athlete as powerful and as swift as Serena into awkward positions, and the younger Williams was virtually given the freedom of the court to hit winners at will. An impressive 38 of them flew off her racket. Errani managed just six.
"When she plays like this she is the best player ever, I think," said the Italian. Asked what chances Azarenka had in the final, she replied, "Azarenka is a strong player, for sure, but Serena should win. She is at a different level."
Azarenka was obviously not allowing herself to think that way.
"When I go to play against her I don't think I play against Serena," she said. "I just try to go the same way and focus on myself. But you definitely know its' going to be a big adversity against you. You have to be prepared to dig deep and accept the challenge. With Serena it's not about long rallies. It's all about who grabs the first opportunity, who is more brave."
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Serena Williams is cruising through the US Open tournament and defeated Ana Ivanovic, 6-1 6-3, to advance to the semi-finals. Williams was sporting a cleavage-filled low cut top that seemed to have caught the eye of ESPN analyst Mary Jo Fernandez.
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I don’t blame Mary Jo, they are the same things I was staring at too!
FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Two points away from losing, Serena Williams regained her poise and her game to stop No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 to capture her fourth US Open title on Sunday night, her 15th major title overall. Williams won the last four games to win the title.
The final was the first three set affair in New York since 1995.
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Two points from defeat, Serena Williams suddenly regained her composure to come back to win the last four games and beat No. 1-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 on Sunday for her fourth U.S. Open title and 15th Grand Slam title overall.
Williams improved to 26 wins and just one loss since a first-round exit at the French Open in late May, winning Wimbledon and the London Olympics...
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An interview with: VICTORIA AZARENKA – Post -Match interview after losing the US Open final to Serena Williams
Sunday, September 9, 2012
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. You played a great match out there today. I mean, at the end you really looked absolutely devastated. Did you feel like you just let this one get away? What are your thoughts?
The U.S. Open women's singles final has been postponed until Sunday because of rain in the forecast.
The match between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka was originally scheduled for Saturday night, when the National Weather Service is predicting an 80 percent chance of rain. Tournament officials will announce Sunday's match time by 7 p.m. EDT Saturday.
For the fourth time in five years, the women’s final of the U.S. Open has been pushed back a day due to inclement weather. The Serena Williams/Victoria Azarenka U.S. Open women’s final, originally scheduled for 8 PM ET on CBS, has been delayed to Sunday due the prospect of severe weather. This marks the fourth time in the past five years (2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012) that the women’s...
FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Serena Williams continued to mow down opponents on Friday at the US Open. In 64 minutes, the 14-time major champion dismissed French Open finalist, Italy’s Sara Errani 6-1, 6-2 to move into the finals of Flushing Meadows.
“I know she’s a very strong player, Errani said. “Big difference, of course; I lost 1 and 2. She played a good match; she’s...
Won 15, Lost 4 1999 U.S. Open - def. Martina Hingis, 6-3, 7-6 (4).
2001 U.S. Open - lost to Venus Williams, 6-2, 6-4.
2002 French Open - def. V.Williams, 7-5, 6-3.
2002 Wimbledon - def. V.Williams, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
2002 U.S. Open - def. V.Williams, 6-4, 6-3.
2003 Australian Open - def. V.Williams, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4.
2003 Wimbledon - def. V.Williams, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Women's Semifinals Friday No. 1 Victoria Azarenka vs. No. 3 Maria Sharapova Azarenka leads 5-4 2007 Moscow, carpet-indoor, R16, Azarenka, 7-6 (9), 6-2.
2009 Los Angeles, hard-outdoor, R32, Sharapova, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2.
2009 Beijing, hard-outdoor, R32, Sharapova, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-5.
2010 Stanford, hard-outdoor, F, Azarenka, 6-4, 6-1.
2011 Miami, hard-outdoor, F, Azarenka, 6...
NEW YORK, NY, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that World No.1 Victoria Azarenka, four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova and the top doubles team of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci are the first players to qualify for this year’s TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, which will be staged at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. The WTA’s...
Oh, Hell Yeah that's a huge *****. Hey Taylor Townsend, stop your wah-wah about the US Open decision. They're just protecting the integrity of the boring game. Can't have a 100th seed huffing and puffing carbon dioxide all up in their stadium and on ESPN against a top 20 seed. No one wants to hear you grunt until you finish a 3 month strength and conditioning camp...
2012 - Serena Williams def. Victoria Azarenka, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.
2011 - Sam Stosur def. Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-3.
2010 - Kim Clijsters def. Vera Zvonareva, 6-2, 6-1.
2009 - Kim Clijsters def. Caroline Wozniacki, 7-5, 6-3.
2008 - Serena Williams def. Jelena Jankovic, 6-4, 7-5.
2007 - Justine Henin def. Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-1, 6-3.
2006 - Maria Sharapova def. Justine Henin-Hardenne...
New York, NY, USA
August 27-September 9, 2012
Results – Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Singles – Quarterfinals
(3) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (11) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 36 63 64
(4) Serena Williams (USA) d. (12) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 61 63
(10) Sara Errani (ITA) d. (20) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 62 64
Doubles – Quarterfinals
(3) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE...