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Tennis: Li Na gets chance of atonement against Azarenka

Li Na has a chance to atone for her ill fortune in one of the most dramatic Grand Slam finals in recent years as the round robin draw in the WTA Championships gives her a certain meeting with Victoria Azarenka this week. The most successful Asian tennis player of all time looked capable of earning the second Grand Slam title of her ground-breaking career until she took two falls in the final of the Australian Open against Azarenka, in January.

Tennis: Redfoo helps Azarenka deal with fame

Tennis star Victoria Azarenka says that watching her boyfriend Redfoo, the singer, dancer and rapper, has helped her deal with the fame she has acquired over the last two years. Azarenka, who has a developing rivalry with Serena Williams after conceding the world number one ranking to the American earlier this year, used to find it diffident to cope with the limelight of publicity. But Redfoo has offered the Belarussian insights into how to deal with it. "It's funny, because he's a funny dude. I watched him on X Factor and stuff and we talked about it," Azarenka said.

Tennis: Serena best ever, but I'm closing gap

Serena Williams may pack a knockout punch and be the greatest player ever to grace women's tennis, according to Victoria Azarenka, but the world number two insists she is steadily closing the gap. Azarenka suffered another bruising loss to the mighty American in the US Open final earlier this month in a repeat of the 2012 championship match in New York. But the Belarusian quickly climbed off the canvas, saying she was over it in 24 hours.

Williams wins 5th U.S. Open title

New York, Sep 9 (EFE).- American world No. 1 Serena Williams, the defending champion, defeated Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1 in the final of the U.S. Open. "I obviously would have preferred to close it out in straight sets. But going against a great opponent like Victoria, you have to be able to realize that that can happen, and, you know, you have to keep fighting for everything," Williams said after Sunday's match. The 31-year-old Williams won her fifth U.S. Open title in a replay of last year's final and pushed her total Grand Slam titles to 17.

Gallant Azarenka feels pain of US Open defeat once more

By Will Swanton NEW YORK (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka walked off court with her head held high after a gallant loss to Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final on Sunday, and while satisfied she had given her all there was no doubt the defeat stung. "I'm not going to lie. It hurts bad," she conceded after a 7-5 6-7(6) 6-1 at Flushing Meadows. "It's okay. I did everything I could. I gave my heart. I fought as hard as I could. "I lost to a great champion and I'm still going to have my head up."

Tennis: Naked truth convinces Azarenka to back Nadal

Beaten US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka will be backing Rafael Nadal to defeat Novak Djokovic in the men's title showdown on Monday after being seduced by the beefcake Spaniard's biceps. Azarenka was asked which player she would be supporting in Monday's blockbuster final, the 37th meeting between the world's two top-ranked men. "Rafa convinced me by practicing with his shirt off," said Azarenka, who on Sunday lost 7-5, 6-7 (6/8), 6-1 to Serena Williams in the women's championship match. dj/js

Serena, Azarenka battle in U.S. Open rematch

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, good friends off the court but fierce rivals on it, will be in full battle mode on Sunday for a women's singles championship rematch at the U.S. Open. World number one Williams will be shooting for her 17th grand slam singles title and fifth U.S. crown when she defends against two-time reigning Australian Open champion Azarenka, who fell 7-5 in the third set to Serena in last year's Flushing Meadows final.

Tennis: Serena, Azarenka play it again at US Open final

Defending champion Serena Williams and world number two Victoria Azarenka marched into a repeat of last year's US Open final on Friday. Top seed Williams, chasing a 17th Grand Slam title, crushed China's Li Na 6-0, 6-3 while Azarenka took an error-strewn 6-4, 6-2 win over Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta. Williams, 31, seeking a fifth title in New York, will be the overwhelming favorite in Sunday's final as she boasts a 12-3 career lead over her 24-year-old opponent.

Tennis: Serena goes for US Open title repeat over Azarenka

World number one Serena Williams will try to capture her 17th Grand Slam title and become the oldest women's champion in US Open history in a finals rematch Sunday with second seed Victoria Azarenka. Williams, who defeated Azarenka in last year's trophy decider, seeks her fifth US Open crown in her seventh final, her 21st career Grand Slam final, and would be the first top-seeded champion since Justine Henin in 2007. And she would move her career Slam total just one shy of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert for second on the all-time list behind the 22 of Steffi Graf.

Azarenka looks to bookend season in grand fashion

By Simon Evans NEW YORK (Reuters) - Less than three months after hitting a low when she had to pull out of Wimbledon injured, a determined Victoria Azarenka put herself in prime position to bookend her stellar season with another grand slam title. The Australian Open champion jumped for joy after securing a 6-4 6-2 win over Italy's Flavia Pennetta in a U.S. Open semi-final on Friday that put her back into the final of the year's last grand slam for the second straight year.
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