Azarenka plays just well enough against Pennetta to reach finals

Friday September 6th, 2013
Victoria Azarenka won 69 points to Flavia Pennetta's 54 during their U.S. Open semifinal match.
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On the other hand, you might frame it more charitably: Despite playing pedestrian tennis, she has found escape hatches and managed to win six matches. That's what the great ones do. And suddenly, she is only two sets removed from winning her third career Grand Slam title and her second in 2013. For her sake, her level will have to improve dramatically for that to happen, but credit Azarenka for putting herself in this position.

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