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Serena Williams (left) and Victoria Azarenka have 23 encounters so far. In this, Serena won 18 and Azarenka won 5 matches.
- Belarus's Victoria Azarenka defeated US Serena Williams 1-6 6-3 6-3 in the semi-finals of the US Open.
- Azarenka reached the final of a Grand Slam after 7 years, having won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus hopes her and Serena Williams' performances will inspire mothers around the world after becoming mothers. Azarenka defeated Serena Williams 1-6, 6-3,6-3 on Friday to advance to the final of the US Open. This was the first time in a Grand Slam tournament, when the mother-of-two had gone face-to-face in the semi-finals. Azarenka became a mother in 2016, while Serena became a mother in 2017.
The Belarus player said that being a mother was the most important moment of his life, but I am a tennis player and will never give up on the court. He further said that playing the role of parents is a difficult task. So once you create a balance in it, then you can do anything.
Three mothers played in the quarterfinals of the US Open.
Earlier, Serena Williams, Svetlana Pironkova and Victoria Azarenka set a new record by reaching the quarterfinals of the US Open. It was the first time in the Grand Slam's 143-year history that the mother-of-three had reached the quarterfinals. At the same time, Open Aira (after 1968) so far only three women players have won the Grand Slam after becoming a mother. These include Kim Clijsters, Ewon Gulgong and Margaret Court.
Azarenka reached grand slam final after 7 years
Azarenka reached the final of a Grand Slam after 7 years. Here he will face Naomi Osaka of Japan. The Belarus player has a chance to win a third Grand Slam title. She has won the Australian Open title in 2012 and 2013 for two consecutive years.
Azarenka and Osaka were to compete in the finals of the Western and Southern Open tournaments just before the US Open. But Osaka pulled out of the final due to hamstring injury and Azarenka became the champion.