The headline of this article is in no way meant to be disrespectful to Victoria Azarenka. She's played great at the 2013 U.S. Open, but Serena Williams is playing at a level that simply discourages the belief that any woman on the planet can beat her right now.
Williams is human. She proved that in failing to capture a title in her last tournament, but at the U.S. Open she's doing a spot-on impersonation of a superhero.
In six matches, only one opponent has manage to win as many as four games in a set. In the semifinals, Williams disposed of the tough Li Na 6-0, 6-3. It was the fifth time during the tournament she didn't allow an opponent to win a game in a set.
For about 80 percent of the match, Williams was dominant over one of the best players in the world.
It was the 10th time Williams has faced Li. She has only lost to her once, but she has never handled her as easily as she did in the semifinals. This was the first meeting Li didn't take a set, or at least push Williams to win seven games in at least one set.
Against Azarenka, Williams has had a great deal of success as well. Williams owns a 12-3 advantage against her, but Azarenka has won two of the last three meetings. That includes a win in the finals of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio in August.
Though Azarenka got the best of Serena in their last match, she has never beaten her in a grand slam.
They have played seven times in Grand Slam tournaments including the final of the 2012 U.S. Open. Azarenka did win the second set of the match, but Williams was able to outlast her for the victory in the third set. The final tally was 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.
Based on the way Williams is playing currently, she won't need a third set to defeat Azarenka this year.
A big key to Williams' success has been limiting mistakes. She's made an average of just 13.8 unforced errors per match at the U.S. Open. For a power player like Williams, that is more than a manageable number. Even more important, Williams has made less unforced errors than all six of her opponents in the tournament.
Because of this, she hasn't had to depend on her massive serve as much. The most aces Williams has recorded in any match during the tournament is six.
Her game is on point and Azarenka will have no other choice but to bow out gracefully to the best player in the world.
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