US Open: Day 12

Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka stormed into the final of the 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.

Maria Sharapova of Russia serves to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their women
Maria Sharapova of Russia serves to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their women's singles semifinal match. -Photo by AFP
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns a shot during her women
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns a shot during her women's singles semifinal match against Maria Sharapova of Russia. -Photo by AFP
Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during her women
Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during her women's singles semifinal match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. -Photo by AFP
Stefan
Stefan 'Redfoo' Gordy of the American electro duo LMFAO attends the women's singles semifinal match between Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Maria Sharapova of Russia. -Photo by AFP
Belarus
Belarus' Victoria Azarenka celebrates defeating Russia's Maria Sharapova 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. -Photo by AFP
Eva Longoria attends the women
Eva Longoria attends the women's singles semifinal match between Serena Williams of the United States and Sara Errani of Italy. -Photo by AFP
Sara Errani of Italy hits a return to Serena Williams of the US. -Photo by Reuters
Sara Errani of Italy hits a return to Serena Williams of the US. -Photo by Reuters
A thunderous return from Serena Williams of the US against Italys
A thunderous return from Serena Williams of the US against Italys' Sara Errani. -Photo by AFP
Eva Longoria and Venus Williams watch the women
Eva Longoria and Venus Williams watch the women's singles semifinal match between Serena Williams of the United States and Sara Errani of Italy. -Photo by AFP
Serena Williams of the United States celebrates match point during her women
Serena Williams of the United States celebrates match point during her women's singles semifinal match against Sara Errani of Italy. -Photo by AFP

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