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Sharapova eliminated in US open semis

Published time: September 07, 2012 21:51
Edited time: September 08, 2012 13:07
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (R) shakes hands with Maria Sharapova of Russia after their women's singles semifinal match at the US Open (AFP Photo / Clive Brunskill)

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (R) shakes hands with Maria Sharapova of Russia after their women's singles semifinal match at the US Open (AFP Photo / Clive Brunskill)

Top seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, has progressed to her first career US Open final by beating Russia’s Maria Sharapova.

­Sharapova took the opener, but Azarenka bounced back in the second to take the match into the decider.

Despite having 8 aces, Maria experienced a lot more problems in securing her serve than her opponent in the third set.

Azarenka managed to finally break the Russian when it mattered most – in the tenth game – delivering Sharapova her first loss in a three-setter this year, 6-3 2-6 4-6.

“This one didn't go my way," Maria is cited as saying by AP. "Frustrating, but it's the game of tennis. A lot of swings in the match today. Certainly had the lead and the advantage."

It’s the seventh time Sharapova has been stopped in a Grand Slam semi-final in 14 attempts.

Azarenka’s rival in the decided will be home crowd favorite Serena Williams, who made easy job out of Italy's Sara Errani, 6-1 6-2.

The women’s final is scheduled to take place on Saturday, but it’s likely to be moved to another day due to a bad weather forecast at Flushing Meadows.

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