U.S. Open Women's Final

Serena Williams beat Sara Errani, 6-1, 6-2, in a mere 64 minutes on Friday.
Serena Williams beat Sara Errani, 6-1, 6-2, in a mere 64 minutes on Friday. (AP)
Posted: September 09, 2012

Who: (4) Serena Williams vs. (1) Victoria Azarenka

When: After the men's semifinal match (CBS3)

Outlook: In six singles matches at the Open, Williams has lost a grand total of 19 games. Azarenka lost 15 in her last two matches: the slugfest against Maria Sharapova and a three-setter against Samantha Stosur in the quarterfinals. Azarenka, 23, is trying to add a second major to her amazing year. Her title in Australia delivered her to the No. 1 ranking for the first time. . . . Azarenka's record against Williams is not so stellar. Williams, who has already won Wimbledon and an Olympic gold medal this summer, has won nine of their 10 meetings, including a dominating 6-1, 6-2 victory in the Olympic semifinals. Williams beat her in the third round of last year's Open, also in straight sets. "When I go to play against her, I don't think that I'm playing against Serena; I just try to go the same way and try to focus more on myself," Azarenka said. "But you definitely know that it's going to be a big adversity there on the court against you. You have to be prepared to make sure you want to dig deep, you know, and accept the challenge." . . . Williams, 30, certainly has not showed any vulnerabilities in this tournament. Her closest victory was a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain in the second round. She won her quarterfinal match over Andrea Hlavackova without losing a game. - Associated Press

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