Naomi Osaka To Face Victoria Azarenka in U.S. Open Finals After Serena Williams Upset

Serena Williams lost her bid to make it back to the finals at the US Open on Thursday night, when Victoria Azarenka defeated Williams in the semifinals at Arthur Ashe Stadium, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Williams got off to a quick start on Thursday, and took the opening set 6-1; but after a string of unforced errors, dropped the second game and fell into a 1-0 hole in the third. Williams then tweaked her ankle early in the final set and needed a medical timeout, getting it looked at and retaped before returning to the court. 

Azarenka has won two Grand Slam titles, back-to-back Australian Opens in 2012 and 2013. She reached the final at the US Open in each of those seasons, but was defeated by Williams.

US Open Tennis: Victoria Azarenka, Naomi Osaka advance to final, Serena Williams out


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