The top two players in the women's draw will face off in the 2013 U.S. Open finals on Sunday, and predicting a winner is no easy task.
Who will win the 2013 U.S. Open?
When No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 2 Victoria Azarenka have gotten together recently, the result has been completely unpredictable. The two have alternated wins in their last four meetings, with Azarenka winning the most recent matchup.
Only a few hours remain until the two meet in the finals, so here is a prediction of who will win and what the score will be.
These two superstars are playing at a high level right now, but while this should be certainly be a good match, it shouldn't be a surprising result.
Williams has been nearly unbeatable at the U.S. Open over the last three years. She made it to the finals in 2011, won it all in 2012 and has made it back to the finals this year. It took her until the finals to lose a set last year, and she is in a similar situation in 2013.
Serena is looking to become the first player since she did it in 2008 to win the tournament without losing a set.
Azarenka has dropped two sets in this tournament, but she has won her last two matches with ease. The former No. 1 player is looking to beat her rival in back-to-back tournaments for the first time ever.
The current No. 1 player owns a 12-3 series lead over Azarenka, but recent matches have not been easy. Azarenka has won two of the last three matches, including both meetings on hard surfaces. She is also 31-1 on hard surfaces this year, not including two withdraws.
However, the 24-year-old has not won a Grand Slam outside of the Australian Open.
Williams, on the other hand, is shooting for her 17th Grand Slam and fifth at the U.S. Open. The 31-year-old is the defending champion, as she beat Azarenka here a year ago. She won 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 in the 2012 finals.
The numbers continue to support Williams. The American is 66-4 this year, winning eight tournaments. She is also 7-0 against Azarenka in Grand Slams, so this looks like a match that favors the top player.
Azarenka has struggled on serves lately, which will come back to hurt her in this match. Williams is too good to be beaten by a player with flaws. The American has won five of her 12 sets in the tournament by shutout, and she has allowed opponents only four points in five sets.
If Azarenka is going to pull off the upset, she must win the first set. If Williams is able to take the opening set, she will be locked in as she eyes another Grand Slam title.
In the end, Williams will make the necessary adjustments from their last meeting. She will continue to beat up on her opponents in the event and will successfully defend her title.
Prediction: Williams defeats Azarenka 6-4, 6-3
*All career information is courtesy of WTATennis.com, and tournament information is courtesy of USOpen.org