US Open Tennis 2013 Women's Semifinals: TV Schedule, Live Stream Info and More
The 2013 U.S. Open women's tennis semifinals have been set at Flushing Meadows as of Wednesday, with last year's finalists on a collision course to meet again for the year's final Grand Slam title.
Defending champion and top seed Serena Williams breezed through her last match 6-0, 6-0 against Carla Suarez Navarro, and will face No. 5 Li Na, who advanced past Ekaterina Makarova in three sets in the quarterfinals.
Last year's runner-up Victoria Azarenka is living up to her label as the No. 2 seed, thoroughly dominating Daniela Hantuchova to set up a showdown with Flavia Pennetta.
Below is a look at the TV schedule and when the semifinal matches start on Friday, along with live stream information and a preview of each match.
Note: Statistics and information are courtesy of USOpen.org unless otherwise indicated.
|6 a.m. - 11 a.m.||Breakfast at the U.S. Open||Tennis Channel|
|12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.||Mixed Doubles Final/Women's Singles Semifinals||CBS|
|7 p.m. - 7 a.m.||U.S. Open Daily Match Encores||Tennis Channel|
*Specific match times are to be determined, but will be located here on the official website.
Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
When: Friday, Sept. 6
Watch: CBS and Tennis Channel
Serena Williams (1) vs. Li Na (5)
Which semifinals upset is more likely?
It's hard not to count Williams as the prohibitive favorite after her dismantling of Suarez Navarro, but Li provides a formidable opponent.
Despite a career 8-1 record against Na, six of those nine matches have consisted of at least one tiebreaker.
In their last match at the Cincinnati Masters event that preceded the U.S. Open, Li won 70 percent of points off of Williams' second serve, but wound up losing 7-5, 7-5, per WTATennis.com.
Williams and Li last squared off in a Grand Slam semifinal at the 2010 Australian Open. That was a thrilling match taken by Williams in straight sets en route to her fourth title in Melbourne, but tiebreakers were necessary in both sets:
The precision of Li's serve is what can help save her. Even though she doesn't sport the velocity that Williams boasts, Li leads the U.S. Open in aces thus far with 29 to Williams' 21.
A nearly flawless performance is required for Li to compete with Williams, though, and given the world No. 1's current form, a massive upset by Li doesn't seem to be in the cards.
Prediction: Williams wins—7-6 (4), 6-3
Victoria Azarenka (2) vs. Flavia Pennetta
Azarenka was impressive in bouncing back from a lackluster effort in the Round of 16 to defeat Hantuchova, but Pennetta was equally impressive in knocking off Italian compatriot Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-1.
Pennetta appears to be fully back after a nagging right wrist injury hampered her and held her out of the U.S. Open last year.
This was the first time in four trips to the quarterfinals that Pennetta advanced, and there's little reason to count her out even though this is uncharted territory. She sports superior WTA experience to Azarenka and seems to be revitalized at age 31:
2013 US Open -- Flavia Pennetta breaks through http://t.co/5FUIqudAec— ESPNTennis (@ESPNTennis) September 4, 2013
However, this is Azarenka's sixth Grand Slam semifinal in eight events, as Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times pointed out:
Victoria Azarenka makes her sixth Slam semifinal in the eight Slams, beating Hantuchova 6-2, 6-3. Next gets Pennetta. Kind draw. #usopen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) September 5, 2013
That type of consistency suggests it's only a matter of time before Azarenka emerges with her maiden major trophy. It may not come in a rematch with Williams in the final, but Azarenka will at least have the opportunity after a hard-fought win over Pennetta.
Prediction: Azarenka wins—6-2, 5-7, 6-3
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