Serena Williams falls to Azarenka in U.S. Open semi-finals | Reuters

Serena Williams was beaten 1-6 6-3 6-3 in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open by Victoria Azarenka on Thursday, denying her the chance of winning a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title on home soil this year.

Belarusian Azarenka will play Japan’s Naomi Osaka in her in her third final at Flushing Meadows on Saturday, having lost the previous two to Williams in 2012 and 2013. Reporting by Amy Tennery, writing by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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