Victoria Azarenka of Belarus won the 2013 Australian Open Title by defeating Li Na 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday. (Photo : Reuters)
Severe weather on Saturday forced U.S. Open officials to suspend and postpone the women's singles finals match and one men's singles semifinals match until Sunday. The weather delay also pushed the men's singles finals match to Monday, adding another day to the two-week tournament.
No. 1-seeded Victoria Azarenka and No. 4-seeded Williams will battle for the Grand Slam title Sunday afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Belarusian Azarenka defeated Russian Maria Sharapova on Friday, while American Williams destroyed Italian Sara Errani in two sets to reach the finals match.
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According to Bleacher Report, Williams is not only the favorite to win the championship title but would be the first woman to win the Wimbledon and U.S. Open championships in the same year since 2002 if she manages to win. The No- 4-seed, who won Wimbledon and a gold medal at the Olympics this summer, claimed that achievement last in 2002.
Williams could also become the first over-30 U.S. Open champion in the last 25 years, SB Nation reported.
On the men's side, Serbian Novak Djokovic defeated Spaniard David Ferrer in four sets 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 and 6-2 on Sunday to reach the finals match. The No. 2-seeded player and the No. 4-seeded player were originally scheduled to play on Saturday but were postponed due to inclement weather.
Scotsman Andy Murray and Czech Tomas Berdych, however, were able to play on Saturday for their semifinals match. No. 3-seeded Murray defeated No. 6-seeded Berdych in four sets 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6(7). Murray will face Djokovic for the chance to win the Grand Slam title on Monday at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The U.S. Open, which started on August 27, was originally scheduled to end on Sunday but was extended for an additional day due to bad weather.
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Matches to look out for on Day 14 and 15:
Day 14- Women's Singles (Finals)- Victoria Azarenka vs. Serena Williams at Arthur Ashe Stadium (4:30 p.m. EST)
Day 15- Men's Singles (Finals)- Andy Murray vs. Novak Djokovic at Arthur Ashe Stadium (4 p.m. EST)