Serena Williams’ journey to land her 24th Grand Slam singles title reached a shocking conclusion after Victoria Azarenka crushed her in the semi-finals of the US Open in the early long stretches of Friday morning.
The American won the primary set 6-1 yet her Belarusian adversary won the last two sets 6-3 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to set up US Open last confrontation with Naomi Osaka.
Williams, who has been stuck on 23 Grand Slam titles since winning the 2017 Australian Open, was obstructed by a bumped lower leg in the last set.
Serena Williams took out of the US Open by Victoria Azarenka…
She clarified that the annihilation was “clearly baffling” as her journey to approach Margaret Court’s record of 24 thousand hammer singles titles goes on.
“Simultaneously … I did what I could today,” she included. “I feel like different occasions I’ve been close and I could have improved. Today I sensed that I gave a ton.”
Azarenka, 31, said her psychological distraction had been essential in beating the 38-year-old Williams.
“I have been dealing with finding a quiet brain and prop the body up,” the Belarusian said in an on-court meet. “She dove me in a major gap in the principal set. I expected to discover vitality to move out of the gap and it was difficult.”
Azarenka will play Japan’s Naomi Osaka on Saturday in her third last at Flushing Meadows.