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Serena, Azarenka rematch in US Open final (Roundup)
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Serena, Azarenka rematch in US Open final (Roundup)

Sep 7 2013, 7:18am CDT | by IANS

New York, Sep 7 (IANS) World No.1 Serena Williams of the United States booked a rematch against World No.2 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus after winning her semifinal against Li Na of China 6-0, 6-3 in the US Open at Flushing Meadows here.

New York, Sep 7 — World No.1 Serena Williams of the United States booked a rematch against World No.2 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus after winning her semifinal against Li Na of China 6-0, 6-3 in the...

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Serena, Azarenka rematch in US Open final (Roundup)

Sep 7 2013, 7:18am CDT | by IANS

New York, Sep 7 (IANS) World No.1 Serena Williams of the United States booked a rematch against World No.2 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus after winning her semifinal against Li Na of China 6-0, 6-3 in the US Open at Flushing Meadows here.

New York, Sep 7 — World No.1 Serena Williams of the United States booked a rematch against World No.2 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus after winning her semifinal against Li Na of China 6-0, 6-3 in the US Open at Flushing Meadows here.

Li Na missed the chance of a second Grand Slam show after reaching the final of the Australian Open earlier this season. The 31-year-old had reached at least quarterfinals in three of the four Grand Slams in 2013, reports Xinhua.

"I have had a more stable season this year. No matter if I win or lose, I always want to improve. I hope next season I can do better," said Li Friday.

The first set was totally under the dominance of Williams. The winner of 16 Grand Slams converted all three break points to beat Li 6-0, another clean sweep after she overwhelmed Spaniard Suarez Navarron 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinal.

"I was a little nervous but I was able to close it out," said Williams.

Li tried hard to recover from the second set, holding her serve in the second game to win her first game in the match. She then broke Williams' service game to get 2-1 lead. However, Li failed to extend the lead to 3-1 when she was 40-0 up in the fourth game. Williams managed to accomplish another break to level the score to 2-all.

The World No.1 was difficult to play when she got her rhythm, taking down three straight games to take a 5-2 lead. The Chinese saved as many as six matchpoints in the eighth game of the second set but Williams served out the match 6-3 in the ninth.

Last four placing was the best record for Li at US Open.

Williams managed to win her six US Open matches with 12 sets in which she only lost 16 games. She had a 24-game winning streak starting from the second set in her victory over Sloane Stephens until the 1-0 second set lead over Li. She was trying to become the first female single player to win the US Open without dropping a set since 2008, where Williams herself accomplished the task.

Williams will face Azarenka, the same opponent in last year's final, to fight for her 17th Grand Slam title Sunday.

The second seed Azarenka beat unseeded Italian veteran Flavia Penneta 6-4, 6-2.

It was the second straight time for the 24-year-old Belarusian to reach the US Open final after the runners-up show last year. It was also her first victory against Pennetta since 2010.

Azarenka broke Pennetta in the first game only to see Pennetta break back in the second. Azarenka had a chance to serve out the first set at 5-4. The second seed wasted five set points but still took the sixth to finish the first set 6-4.

The second set almost went along the same route. Azarenka accomplished a break again in the first game and Pennetta broke back. However, Pennetta failed to keep her second service game allowing Azarenka a 3-1 lead. The winner of the Australian Open won three of the following four games to end the match 6-2.

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New York Marathon 2014: Final Results, Finishing Times and More

Nov 3 2014 6:00am CST | Source: Bleacher Report

Kenyan runners Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany won the 2014 New York City Marathon, but the real winners were all the runners who somehow managed to survive brutal conditions on a blustery New York day to finish a grueling 26.2-mile race. Kipsang ran his first-ever New York City Marathon and now has another title to add to his championships from Berlin and London. He finished with a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes, 59 se ...
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Wozniacki finishes NYC Marathon in impressive time

Nov 2 2014 4:28pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Caroline Wozniacki was thrilled with her first marathon. The tennis star ran the 26.2 mile course in just under 3 hours, 27 minutes — a few minutes ahead of her desired time. She originally had hoped to come in under 4 hours and quickly adjusted her goal to 3:30 during the race. So when she crossed the line and saw her time she was ecstatic. "The crowd was amazing. It was incredible. ...
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Wozniacki finishes NYC Marathon in impressive time

Nov 2 2014 4:28pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Caroline Wozniacki was thrilled with her first marathon. The tennis star ran the 26.2 mile course in just under 3 hours, 27 minutes — a few minutes ahead of her desired time. She originally had hoped to come in under 4 hours and quickly adjusted her goal to 3:30 during the race. So when she crossed the line and saw her time she was ecstatic. "The crowd was amazing. It was incredible. It was such an incredible experience," the 24-year-old former No. 1 ...
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Wozniacki finishes NYC Marathon in impressive time

Nov 2 2014 4:28pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Caroline Wozniacki was thrilled with her first marathon. The tennis star ran the 26.2 mile course in just under 3 hours, 27 minutes — a few minutes ahead of her desired time. She originally had hoped to come in under 4 hours and quickly adjusted her goal to 3:30 during the race. So when she crossed the line and saw her time she was ecstatic. "The crowd was amazing. It was incredible. It was such an incredible experience," the 24-year-old former ...
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Wozniacki finishes NYC Marathon in impressive time

Nov 2 2014 4:28pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Caroline Wozniacki was thrilled with her first marathon. The tennis star ran the 26.2 mile course in just under 3 hours, 27 minutes — a few minutes ahead of her desired time. She originally had hoped to come in under 4 hours and quickly adjusted her goal to 3:30 during the race. So when she crossed the line and saw her time she was ecstatic. "The crowd was amazing. It was incredible. It was such an incredible experience, ...
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Wozniacki finishes NYC Marathon in impressive time

Nov 2 2014 4:28pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Caroline Wozniacki was thrilled with her first marathon. The tennis star ran the 26.2 mile course in just under 3 hours, 27 minutes — a few minutes ahead of her desired time. She originally had hoped to come in under 4 hours and quickly adjusted her goal to 3:30 during the race. So when she crossed the line and saw her time she was ecstatic. "The crowd was amazing. It was incredible. It was such an incredible experience," the 24-y ...
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Emotional Serena Williams greets Caroline Wozniacki at New York City finish line

Nov 2 2014 1:29pm CST | Source: Washington Post Sports

When Caroline Wozniacki crossed the finish line of the New York City Marathon, her great, good friend was waiting for her. Serena Williams was emotional as she greeted Wozniacki, who should try marathoning if she ever decides that tennis isn’t her thing. Despite never having run a distance longer than 13 miles and devoting most of her summer to working on her tennis game, Wozniacki went out and ran the New York City Ma ...
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(Video) Serena Williams Sticks Camera In Caroline Wozniacki’s Face, Seconds After Danish Star Finishes New York Marathon!

Nov 2 2014 1:19pm CST | Source: CaughtOffside

Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki completed her first ever New York Marathon on Sunday. Upon reaching the finish line, the exhausted Dane was greeted by Serena Williams, who stuck a video camera in her face. Caroline and Serena are very close friends. They went to watch the New York Rangers together on Saturday night, just six days after Serena beat Caroline 2-6 6-3 7-6 at the WTA Championships in Singapore. SEE MORE: World's 40 Hottest Female Tennis Players. (Images) Designer Venus Wi ...
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New York Marathon 2014: Top Celebrities Expected to Race in NYC

Nov 2 2014 7:00am CST | Source: Bleacher Report

Maybe celebrities really aren’t just like us. After all, how many of “us” could find the time to train for and run the New York City Marathon while balancing life in the spotlight? A large number of celebrities will do just that on Sunday at the 44th edition of the event. Between the diverse course that covers all five of New York City’s boroughs to the more than 130 bands that are scheduled to perform along the route, runners and spectator ...
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(Image) Classy Serena Williams Hosts Caroline Wozniacki In New York, Just Days After Beating Her In Singapore

Nov 1 2014 8:50pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Serena plays the perfect host to her great rival in NYC. Tennis stars and best friends Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki were reunited on Saturday night. SEE MORE: World's 40 Hottest Female Tennis Players. (Images) Designer Venus Williams Models Dresses: Is Former World Number One Tennis’s Most Stylish Woman? (Image) Tennis Queen Serena Williams Looks Beautiful As She Shoots Underwear Commercial. The last time the two were together was a week ag ...
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