The Straits Times
Published on Sep 08, 2012

Williams and Azarenka through to US Open final


NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka stormed into the final of the United States (US) Open with crushing victories in Friday's semis to set up a classic showdown between the greatest player of her generation and the current world number one.

Williams was at her ruthless best as she demolished Italian Sara Errani 6-1 6-2 to continue her golden summer while Azarenka was no less impressive as she clawed her way out of trouble to beat Maria Sharapova 3-6 6-2 6-4 at Flushing Meadows.

With momentum on her side after winning a fifth Wimbledon title in July then the Olympic singles and doubles events at the London Games, Williams will start Saturday's final as the overwhelming favourite.

"I think it will probably be the best summer I've ever had,"she said.