US Open day 11: Serena Williams cuts a frustrated figure while Victoria Azarenka gets off her high horse

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Victoria Azarenka gets emotional

We look back at day 11 at the US Open at Flushing Meadows as Victoria Azarenka beat Serena Williams while Noami Osaka saw off Jennifer Brady.

Azarenka and Naomi Osaka came out on top of two tremendous women’s semi-finals at the US Open.

The Belarusian ended 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 (7-1), 3-6, 6-3.

Picture of the day

Serena Williams screaming

Serena Williams screams during her intense clash with Victoria Azarenka (Seth Wenig/AP)

Shot of the day

Victoria Azarenka double-handed backhand

Victoria Azarenka’s backhand was the key shot (Frank Franklin II/AP)

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.

Quote of the day

“The best tools were me losing a lot of matches. That was the biggest tool that I could get. I could continue to stay on my high horse or I could just change it and learn from that.” – Victoria Azarenka

Up next

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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