Victoria Azarenka set up a semi-final showdown with Serena Williams after an impressive win over Elise Mertens at the US Open
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Azarenka was in blistering form in a 6-1 6-0 thrashing of Belgian 16th seed Mertens in just 73 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday.
The two-time Australian Open winner reached an eighth career grand slam semi-final and first since making the decider in New York in 2013.
Azarenka moved into a last-four meeting with Williams, who overcame Tsvetana Pironkova earlier on Wednesday.
Williams has won 18 of their previous 22 meetings, although Azarenka is riding a 10-match winning streak after claiming the Western & Southern Open title.
Victoria Azarenka is through to her first #USOpen semifinal since 2013. pic.twitter.com/1K7qqCStjM — US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 10, 2020
While the players traded early breaks, it was Azarenka who was dominant in the first set against Mertens.
Mertens saved a break point with a down-the-line winner in the fourth game, but a double fault handed Azarenka a 3-1…
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