Victoria Azarenka and Naomi Osaka will play off for the US Open tennis title.
Azarenka was brilliant as she claimed her first win against Serena Williams in 11 career slam match-ups between the pair.
After a hot start that saw Williams take the first set, Azarenka reeled in the American to take the next two sets and the match 1-6 6-3 6-3.
The loss left Williams just short of Grand Slam title number 24, which would have seen her equal Margaret Court’s record.
With her 39th birthday a little more than two weeks away, the question remains as to how many more chances Williams will get?
She did confirm afterward she’ll head to Paris – the French Open starts on September 27.
On Saturday, Azarenka will face Osaka for the championship in a meeting between two-time major champions who have both been ranked No.1 in the past and have been by far the two best players since tennis resumed last month after a pandemic-forced hiatus.
Azarenka has won 11 matches in a row; Osaka’s streak is at 10 after her 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-3 win over Jennifer Brady in a hard-hitting clash filled with fast serves and strong forehands.
Osaka beat Williams for the 2018 title at Flushing Meadows.