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2012 U.S. Open Scores: Victoria Azarenka Defeated Maria Sharapova

Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka defeated No. 3 Maria Sharapova, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the U.S. Open Championships. Azarenka did get off to a slow start with Sharapova dominating the first set, but Azarenka was able to storm back and win the match fairly easily.

The third set was a heated battle filled with multiple fantastic rallies, but Azarenka was able to get the win by breaking Sharapova on the final point.

Looking at just the stats, Sharapova played better with eight aces while Azarenka did not have any, and Sharapova had 43 winners while Azarenka had only 18. The key difference was Sharapova's 40 unforced errors compared to only 18 for Azarenka.

This is Azarenka's first U.S. Open final, and if she is able to win, it will be her second career Grand Slam title to go along with her 2012 French Open victory.

Azarenka will meet the winner of the other semifinal match between Serena Williams and Sara Errani.

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