It’s been an eventful US Open tournament so far.
For 12 years running, only seven usual suspects had won the Men’s Singles category of the competition. But when Novak Djokovic defaulted, the floor was thrown wide open. Now, four other men have the chance to win a maiden US Open Grand Slam title.
Or at least that’s how many there were before the semi-final games were played.
In the Ladies’ Singles category, Azarenka knocking Serena Williams out of the tournament was the biggest news. The Belarusian who had only won four of her last 22 games against Serena earned her fifth win in the head-to-head against a well-known opponent.
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In the semi-finals, two of the four contests ended up in straight-forward wins.
For Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev, their opponents had no chance, with both players winning the game to love. It was the same story for them in the Round of 16 games they had played earlier. In the other two semi-final games, the journey wasn’t so smooth for Alexander Zverev and Carreno Busta.
Both players saw their games require a fourth and fifth set respectively.
In the semi-final, both players had to slug it out for a spot in the final. And after a five-set game, which saw Zverev come back from losing the first two sets of the game, the German emerged as the winner, qualifying for his first-ever Grand Slam final.
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It remains to be seen just how far Zverev will go, considering how he has lost the first set in all of his last three games.
What a past few weeks it has been for Victoria Azarenka.
The 31-year old, who is now on a 10-game winning streak, has now played six US Open games, and won all, dropping just two sets along the way. Chief of all those wins must have been the one against Serena Williams, denying her the chance to feature in the US Open final on home soil.
This is the farthest she has come in this Grand Slam tournament and will be looking to finish things off when she faces Naomi Osaka.
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For Naomi Osaka, she returns to the final of a tournament that she won two years ago. Just that this time, she’ll be facing Azarenka, instead of Serena Williams.
The 22-year old Japanese has dropped one more set than her US Open final opponent. But all of that will not matter when both queens battle it out for the Grand Slam crown.
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