U.S. Open women's semis set for Friday

Sept. 6, 2012 at 9:53 PM
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NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Serena Williams will try to move within one win of her fourth U.S. Open title Friday when she faces Sara Errani in the semifinals.

World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka will meet Maria Sharapova in Friday's opening semifinal, after which Williams will attempt to continue her recent domination of women's tennis.

Williams won Wimbledon and the Olympics along with a tournament in California during a stretch of almost three months in which she has lost only one match. She has not lost a set at the U.S. Open.

She won the first of her three Open titles 13 years ago and will be trying for her second consecutive Grand Slam championship.

Williams has won her only three meetings with Errani, the last one coming three years ago in Dubai.

Azarenka and Sharapova have already faced each other three times this year with Azarenka having won two of those matches. Azarenka has a 5-4 career edge over Sharapova.

Errani and Roberta Vinci, meanwhile, reached the women's doubles finals Thursday with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Nuria Llagostera Vives and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

They will play for the championship against Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.

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