Azarenka v Williams – Match Preview

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Updated: September 8, 2013

The top 2 seeds of women’s tennis Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka will be competing for the final Grand Slam of the year at the US Open on Sunday night.

Sunday night’s final is a repeat fixture to last year’s US Open final in which Williams came out on top to claim her fourth US Open singles title by winning in three sets 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

It has now been a year on since their last meeting in Flushing Meadows and Azarenka will surely be seeking for revenge on the American.

The Belarusian has never won the US Open or any other Grand Slam apart from the Australian Open in 2012 and this year’s edition. So, she will be hoping to win a different Grand Slam for a change.

But for any competitor against the world number 1 it’s not going to be an easy journey on the night.

Williams has won the competition four times (1999, 2002, 2008 & 2012) which shows that she knows what it takes to win a home Grand Slam. The fact that the final takes place in Williams’ home turf she shall be expecting to have more support behind her than Azarenka.

It will be the 24 year-old’s second appearance at a US Open final her overall fourth Grand Slam final appearance. After the defeat to Williams last year may be a match to forget but experience was surely gained as there were room for improvements.

Azarenka will want to show less weakness to the 31 year-old and win the points when crucial after missing out on the biggest opportunity in their last match at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The two time Australian Open champion was serving for the championship but an incredible comeback from Williams denied the glory.

Williams has only conceded 16 games in her run towards the final while Azarenka has lost a total of 40 games.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion has had a tougher campaign than Azarenka competing against the likes of Sloane Stephens (USA) and Li Na (CHI) while Azarenka has been up against lower ranked players.

Williams will definitely be the favourite to claim the prize for the fifth time in her career but Azarenka has a good enough reason why she thinks she can go all the way and win the Grand Slam for the very first time. Revenge.

 

Serena Williams’ (1) route to the final

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Semi-finals – beat Li Na (6)

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6-0, 6-3

Quarter finals – beat Carla Suarez Navarro (18) 6-0, 6-0

Fourth round – beat Sloane Stephens (15) 6-4, 6-1

Third round – beat Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3, 6-1

Second round – beat Galina Voskob0eva 6-3, 6-0

First round – beat Francesca Schiavone 6-0, 6-1

Victoria Azarenka’s (2) route to the final

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Semi-finals – beat Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-2

Quarter finals – beat Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-3

Fourth round – beat Ana Ivanovic (13) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Third round – beat Alize Cornet (26) 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-2

Second round – beat Aleksandra Wozniak 6-3, 6-1

First round – beat Dinah Pfizenmaier 6-0, 6-0

 

 

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