Serena Williams to face Li Na in US Open semi-finals

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The match between Vika Azarenka (Player Profile) and Ana Ivanovic (Player Profile)to decide the final quarterfinal place was played yesterday after it had been postponed because of rain on Monday. Ivanovic came out with all guns blazing and took the first three games from a below par Azarenka. The Belarusian got the 4th game and games then went with serve until Azarenka broke to trail 4-5 but the Serb broke straight back to take the set 6-4. There were five consecutive breaks of serve in the second set until Azarenka held for 4-2. The players held their serves in the next two games before Azarenka broke again to take the set 6-3. The excitement continued as Azarenka won the first two games of the decider but was broken in the third game when she served three double faults. Ivanavic levelled at 3-3 but Azarenka broke again to get to 5-3 and to serve for the match. Ivanovic broke back but even though she led 30-0 and saved three match points, she was unable to capitalise and Azarenka took the set 6-4 on her 4th match point.

Another nail biting three setter followed on Arthur Ashe Stadium when Na Li (Player Profile) took on Ekaterina Makarova (Player Profile). The first six games went with serve until Li broke and held for 5-3. Makarova also held, but Li took the set 6-4. There was a plethora of breaks of serve in the second set until Makarova got a final break to take the set to a breaker. Li went ahead 3-0 and 4-2 but the Russian leftie pulled off some fine play to take it 7-5. Li regrouped and playing beautiful tennis, took the decider 6-2.

It was not a happy birthday for Carla Suarez Navarro (Player Profile) who beat Lauren Davis 6-0 6-0 in the first round. In the night match on Arthur Ashe, Serena Williams (Player Profile) pulled the same feat by destroying the Spaniard in just 53 minutes. The hapless Suarez Navarro hit just three winners in the match to Williams’ twenty.

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