Azarenka defeats Hantuchova, plays Pennetta in US Open semi-finals

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Flavia Pennetta’s (Player Profile) dream run at this year’s US Open continued on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday, when she defeated her very good friend and fellow Fed Cup player, 10th seed Roberta Vinci (Player Profile), to advance to her first ever grand slam semi final. The graceful and very talented Pennetta had already taken out several seeds – numbers 4 Sara Errani in the second round, 27 Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round and 21 Simona Halep in the round of 16. The match started with breaks and then holds on both sides of the net. Pannetta broke again and held for 4-2, but Vinci held and got a break of her own to level at 4-4. Pannetta then reeled off the next two games to take the set at 6-4. She allowed her friend just two games in the second set with a combination of fine serving and precise groundies to make it to the semis where she will meet Vika Azarenka.

In the night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium Victoria Azarenka (Player Profile) took on the challenge of Daniela Hantuchova (Player Profile). Azarenka took the first set with relative ease at 6-2 in 31 minutes, but the Slovak veteran took a 2-0 lead in the second – and more competitive – set which lasted 34 minutes. Hantuchova won just one more game before Azarenka wrapped up the set at 6-3 to be the youngest of the four semi finalists, as Serena, Li and Pennetta are all already in their thirties.

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