07 Sep 2013

Williams and Azarenka to contest final repeat

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Photo: Paul ZimmerSerena Williams (USA) - 2013 US Open

The women's singles final at the US Open will be a repeat of last year's showpiece as the top two players in the women's game have advanced to the final for the first time since 2003.

World No. 1 Serena Williams continued her blistering run at Flushing Meadows with a demolition of Li Na to win 60 63 and book her place in the last two at the US Open for a seventh time.

When asked what she has been doing to be so clinical in this year's event, Williams said: "I just felt like I have been really focused. My practices have been much better than my matches, and I have really been trying to be focused on the practice court."

She added: "I set some goals for myself in the match and am really trying to reach those goals every time."

Williams will face No. 2 seed Victoria Azarenka in not only a rematch of last year's US Open final but also a repeat of the Flushing Meadows warm-up at Cincinnati - a match the Belarussian won.

Azarenka came through 64 62 against Italy's Flavia Pennetta in the semifinals on Friday to reach her fourth consecutive major hard court final. She will be looking for revenge against Williams for a match-up that she looked to have won here 12 months ago.

On playing the world No. 1, Azarenka said: "It's [an] amazing opportunity, something that every tennis player dreams of, you know, to be in the final of the US Open and play against the best player in the world.

"It's something that I'm so excited about, and I can't wait to go out and play. Right now I just want to enjoy the moment of today, because we play in two days."

There was more good news for Belarus at Flushing Meadows on Friday as Max Mirnyi partnered Czech Republic's Andrea Hlavackova to win the mixed doubles final against Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez 76(5) 63.

"I never did well in mixed doubles and I could not figure out why," said Hlavackova. "Then I got this great partner. We didn't do well in Wimbledon, and I was like blaming myself. Then here, you know, playing so well, I started to believe it from the first‑round match. It's great. I'm so happy."