US Open day 11: Four become two as Azarenka sets up meeting with Osaka
Victoria Azarenka and Naomi Osaka came out on top of two tremendous women’s semi-finals at the US Open.
Azarenka ended Serena Williams’ hopes of a 24th grand slam singles title with a 1-6 6-3 6-3 victory while Osaka defeated Jennifer Brady 7-6 (1) 3-6 6-3.
Here, the PA news agency looks back at day 11 at Flushing Meadows.
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When Azarenka got her backhand firing, the match turned. She hit a number of winners, none more important than the back-to-back pair that earned her a break for 3-2 in the second set and changed the match.
At the double
The men’s doubles concluded on Thursday with Croatia’s Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares of Brazil winning the title with a 7-5 6-3 victory over Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic.
It was a first US Open title for Pavic, while Soares lifted the trophy in New York alongside Jamie Murray four years ago.
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The men will try to match the quality and drama in their semi-finals. Alexander Zverev takes on Pablo Carreno Busta, with both bidding to reach a first grand slam final, before the heavyweight clash between Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev.
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Sakkari triumphed 6-4 6-4 and will take on Barbora Krejcikova for a place in the final.