Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka navigated through their U.S. Open women's singles semifinal matches on Friday and will face-off in the final on Saturday night.
No. 4 Williams breezed past Italian Sara Errani in just over an hour, winning in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Saturday night's final will be her sixth appearance in the U.S. Open women's final.
The first semifinal of the day, however, between No. 3 Maria Sharapova and top-ranked Victoria Azarenka, lasted a grueling two hours and 42 minutes -- the last set going an hour and fourteen minutes itself -- in the intense New York heat. Azarenka, after dropping the first set 6-3, rallied to capture the final two sets of the match, 6-2, 6-4, to move on to her first U.S. Open final.
The final will be televised on CBS on Saturday night beginning at 8 p.m. ET following the two men's singles semifinal matches.