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.