U.S. Open

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Top-ranked and top-seeded Victoria Azarenka was pushed to three sets by third-seeded Maria Sharapova, but the Belarusian advanced to the U.S. Open women’s singles championship with a hard-fought 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory Friday in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Enlarge photo

Mike Groll/Associated Press Top-ranked and top-seeded Victoria Azarenka was pushed to three sets by third-seeded Maria Sharapova, but the Belarusian advanced to the U.S. Open women’s singles championship with a hard-fought 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory Friday in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

NEW YORK – A look at Friday’s play at the $25.5-million U.S. Open tennis championships:

Weather: Mix of sun and clouds, hot and humid. High of 86.

Attendance: 20,673.

Women’s Results, Semifinals: No. 1 Victoria Azarenka beat No. 3 Maria Sharapova in three sets to advance to her second Grand Slam final of the year. Azarenka will face No. 4 Serena Williams, who defeated No. 10 Sara Errani in straight sets. It will be the sixth U.S. Open final for Williams, who has won three. Azarenka won her first Grand Slam title this year at the Australian Open.

Men’s Results, Doubles: Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek to win their 12th career Grand Slam title, equaling the record set by John Newcombe and Tony Roche.

On Court Today: Men’s semifinals – No. 2 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 4 David Ferrer, No. 3 Andy Murray vs. No. 6 Tomas Berdych; Women’s final – No. 1 Victoria Azarenka vs. No. 4 Serena Williams.

Stat of the Day: Serena Williams won 24 of 26 first-serve points.

Quote of the Day: “I’m American, guys. Last one standing. Go USA!” Williams said after her straight-sets victory.

Quote of the Day: “I was just not trying to focus on the score,” Azarenka said. “Trying to give whatever it takes.”

Today on TV (all times Mountain): 9-10 a.m., CBS Sports Network, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 6-8 p.m., KCNC, KREZ.

On This Date (Sept. 7, 1991): 17-year-old Monica Seles wins her first U.S. Open women’s singles title, defeating 34-year-old Martina Navratilova in straight sets.

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No. 4 Serena Williams had an easy go dispatching No. 10 Sara Errani. The U.S. star beat the Italian in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, to reach the U.S. Open women’s singles final. Enlarge photo

Charles Krupa/Associated Press No. 4 Serena Williams had an easy go dispatching No. 10 Sara Errani. The U.S. star beat the Italian in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, to reach the U.S. Open women’s singles final.