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Maria Sharapova vs. Victoria Azarenka: U.S. Open live blog

Maria Sharapova and No. 1 Victoria Azarenka clashed in the U.S. Open semifinals on Friday. The match went the full three sets, but Azarenka held off Sharapova to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 and reach her first career U.S. Open final. After both making the semis, Azarenka and Sharapova will be No. 1 and 2, respectively, when the new rankings come out on Monday.

Courtney Nguyen was on-hand to live-blog all the action, so click below to review the live analysis from the first U.S. Open women's semifinal.

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