Flushing Meadows, New York (Sporting Alert) — World No. 1 Serena Williams will take on the second ranked Victoria Azarenka in a US Open final rematch at Flushing Meadows on Sunday.
The American Williams dominated her semi-finals in a 6-0 6-3 straight set victory over Li Na.
“It was a good match,” Williams said of her semis. “Li Na’s such a great player.
“It was tough at the end, I got a little nervous but I was able to close it out finally.”
Victoria Azarenka beat Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-2 in her semi-finals, which now means that for the first time since 2002, the US Open women’s singles final will entertain the two same players as the year previous.
Williams and Azarenka clash on Sunday will also be the first US Open final in which the top two women’s seeds face-off since 2003.
Williams beat Azarenka in three sets when they met at the US Open final last year, but the Belarusian looks a bit more confident heading into this contest, after picking up two victories over the American and World No. 1 this season, the last one coming just last month in Cincinnati.
“We always have really good matches,” said Williams ahead of the contest. “It’s great to get to another final.
She’s a great player and she lifts her game whenever it counts. I think that’s what makes the difference.”
Following her win over Pennetta, Azarenka said she was delighted to be in another US Open final and is looking to up her game on Sunday.
“I’m happy I’m in the final,” she said. “There are always things that can be better.”
She added about last year’s final: “Mentally I felt like it was a great turning point for me. It was just really good experience.
“I feel like I’m a better player. I’m a more complete player.
“That’s what you aim for after one year of work. So in terms of that, I’m pretty pleased.”