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Sep 6, 2013

Azarenka looks to bookend season in grand fashion

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Less than three months after hitting a low when she had to pull out of Wimbledon injured, a determined Victoria Azarenka put herself in prime position to bookend her stellar season with another grand slam title.

The Australian Open champion jumped for joy after securing a 6-4 6-2 win over Italy’s Flavia Pennetta in a U.S. Open semi-final on Friday that put her back into the final of the year’s last grand slam for the second straight year.

Sep 6, 2013

Tennis-Pennetta bows out after exceeding expectations

NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Flavia Pennetta’s dream of a first grand slam final was crushed by Victoria Azarenka’s straight sets semi-final win on Friday but the Italian left the U.S. Open still proud of her unexpected run to the last four.

Three times previously Pennetta has been beaten at the quarter-final stage at Flushing Meadows and few had anticipated doing better just a year after a serious wrist injury.

Sep 6, 2013

Azarenka relishes chance to face Williams in final again

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A confident Victoria Azarenka will get a chance to avenge last year’s U.S. Open final defeat to Serena Williams after the pair came through their semi-finals on Friday to set up a re-match.

Second-seed Azarenka beat Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 6-4 6-2 and will now face an opponent she has beaten just three times in 15 meetings.

Sep 6, 2013

Tennis-Azarenka relishes chance to face Williams in final again

NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) – A confident Victoria Azarenka will get a chance to avenge last year’s U.S. Open final defeat to Serena Williams after the pair came through their semi-finals on Friday to set up a re-match.

Second-seed Azarenka beat Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 6-4 6-2 and will now face an opponent she has beaten just three times in 15 meetings.

Sep 6, 2013

Azarenka dumps Pennetta to reach U.S. Open final

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Belarussian Victoria Azarenka reached her second straight U.S. Open final with a 6-4 6-2 win over Italy’s Flavia Pennetta on Friday.

Second seed Azarenka, who lost to Serena Williams in last year’s final, could get a chance for revenge if top-seeded Williams beats China’s Li Na in the Friday’s other semi-final.

Sep 6, 2013

Tennis-Azarenka dumps Pennetta to reach U.S. Open final

NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Belarussian Victoria Azarenka reached her second straight U.S. Open final with a 6-4 6-2 win over Italy’s Flavia Pennetta on Friday.

Second seed Azarenka, who lost to Serena Williams in last year’s final, could get a chance for revenge if top-seeded Williams beats China’s Li Na in the Friday’s other semi-final.

Sep 5, 2013

Murray says hard to get fired up after Wimbledon glory

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Andy Murray, who suffered a surprise straight sets loss to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the U.S. Open quarter-finals on Thursday, conceded he has struggled to fire himself up after his Wimbledon triumph.

The two-time grand slam winner has not looked at his best since his emotional win over Novak Djokovic at the All England Club in July and he conceded that he has since found it tough to get motivated.

Sep 5, 2013

Tennis-Murray says hard to get fired up after Wimbledon glory

NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Andy Murray, who suffered a surprise straight sets loss to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the U.S. Open quarter-finals on Thursday, conceded he has struggled to fire himself up after his Wimbledon triumph.

The two-time grand slam winner has not looked at his best since his emotional win over Novak Djokovic at the All England Club in July and he conceded that he has since found it tough to get motivated.

Sep 5, 2013

Holder Murray falls to Wawrinka in U.S. Open quarters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Andy Murray’s U.S. Open title defense ended with a whimper as he crashed to a 6-4 6-3 6-2 defeat in the quarter-finals to ninth-seeded Swiss Stansilas Wawrinka on Thursday.

The British third seed looked a shadow of the player who won Wimbledon two months ago, turning in a listless display against an opponent who sensed his weakness from the outset and went in for the kill.

Sep 5, 2013

Tennis-Holder Murray falls to Wawrinka in U.S. Open quarters

NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Andy Murray’s U.S. Open title defence ended with a whimper as he crashed to a 6-4 6-3 6-2 defeat in the quarter-finals to ninth-seeded Swiss Stansilas Wawrinka on Thursday.

The British third seed looked a shadow of the player who won Wimbledon two months ago, turning in a listless display against an opponent who sensed his weakness from the outset and went in for the kill.

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