Serena Williams Dumps Out Of The US Open By Victoria Azarenka In Semifinal

                       Serena Williams knocked out of the US Open by Victoria Azarenka...

Serena Williams has been knocked out of the US open by Belarusian tennis star Victoria Azarenka in the semi-finals of the competition in the early hours of Friday, September 11 ending her bid to secure her 24th Grand Slam singles title.

 

The American won the first set 6-1 but Azarenka won the last two sets 6-3 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to set up US Open final showdown with Naomi Osaka. 

 

Williams, who has been stuck on 23 Grand Slam titles since winning the 2017 Australian Open, was hindered by a jarred ankle in the final set. 

Serena Williams knocked out of the US Open by Victoria Azarenka...

She explained that the defeat was "obviously disappointing" as her quest to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 grand slam singles titles goes on.

 

"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."

 

Azarenka, 31, said her mental game had been crucial in beating the 38-year-old Williams. 

 

"I have been working on finding a calm mind and keep the body going," the Belarusian said in an on-court interview. "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."

 

Azarenka will play Japan's Naomi Osaka on Saturday in her third final at Flushing Meadows.

 

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