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Sharapova vs. Azarenka: Live Score and Highlights from U.S. Open 2012

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05:  Maria Sharapova of Russia returns a shot against Marion Bartoli of France during their women's singles quarterfinal match on Day Ten of the 2012 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood, of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IISeptember 7, 2012

2012 U.S. Open—women's semifinal.

Maria Sharapova vs. Victoria Azarenka (Friday, Sept. 7, 2012)



Victoria Azarenka beat Maria Sharapova 2-6, 6-3, 6-4



After being blown off the court in the opening set by Maria Sharapova, World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka fought her way back through the next two sets—eventually clinching the match in just under 2 hours and 45 minutes.

The match was won (and lost) on Sharapova's racquet, with the Russian either hitting or missing very early on in rallies throughout the match. She would finish with 44 winners to Azarenka's 19, but would also finish with 42 unforced errors to Azarenka's 19, which would ultimately be her undoing at Flushing Meadows.

Nowehere near the most inspired performance from Azarenka—or Sharapova for that matter—but one that the Belarussian will take plenty of heart and inspiration from. She was determined and courageous, and earned a very-hard fought win—even when her tennis wasn't the best.

She'll play either Serena Williams or Sara Errani in the final. 

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