Former champion Serena Williams blew up a 1-0 lead as Victoria Azarenka came back from a set down to win their US Open 2020 women’s singles semifinals clash on Thursday. Azarenka won 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 against the third seeded American.
This is the first time since US Open 2013 when Azarenka has made the final of any Grand Slam event and the Belarusian will have a third go at winning the title after ending runners-up on her previous two occasions.
“I’m very grateful for this opportunity. I’m so grateful to be able to play such a champion in the semi-finals,” Azarenka said after the match.
The defeat thus extends Serena’s wait for a record-equalling 24th singles Grand Slam title currently held by Margaret Court.
Azarenka will be up against Naomi Osaka of Japan who battled past Jennifer Brady in the other semifinal earlier in the day.
Osaka won 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-3 to enter her second US Open final.