We’re down to the last four in both the men’s and women’s competitions at the US Open as we close in on the final days of the competition.
The women’s semi-finals are played this evening as Flavia Pennetta faces Victoria Azarenka whilst Serena Williams plays Li Na later on.
The men’s last four play their matches out tomorrow afternoon as Novak Djokovic plays Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet faces Rafael Nadal.
The first match this evening Italian Pennetta, who is the lowest ranked players left in the tournament at number 55, line up against Belarusian Azarenka.
Pennetta has reached the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows on three previous occasions, with the US Open proving her strongest event out of the four Grand Slams.
Her straight-sets win against compatriot and number four seed Sara Errani has turned out to be the best scalp in her tournament this year, and she beat another Italian, Roberta Vinci 64, 6-1 in the quarters to book her place in the last four.
But she faces a tall order in her semi-finals against two-times Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka, the second seed in this tournament.
After the conclusion of that match, defending champion Serena Williams plays number five seed Li Na.
It’ll be a busy day for Williams as she is scheduled to play with her sister, Venus, in the women’s doubles later on in the evening.
Both the women’s semi-final matches can be seen live on Sky Sports 1 this evening.
The men’s semi-finals take place on Saturday afternoon ahead on the final which is played on Monday.
Number one seed Novak Djokovic lines up against Andy Murray victor Stanislas Wawrinka in the first semi-final.
The Swiss, who put in a fine display to see off the defending champion Murray in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, is the number ninth seed in the men’s draw.
But 2011 US Open Champion Djokovic will be a tough man to beat and is favourite to reach the final for a third consecutive year.
Boylesports offer the best odds of a Djokovic win at 1/4 whilst Bet 365, amongst others, offer odds of 7/2 on a Wawrinka win.
The other semi sees number two seed Rafael Nadal take on Richard Gasquet, after the Frenchman beat David Ferrer by three sets to two in the quarters.
2010 US Open winner is the man being strongly tipped to prevail through this one and Boylesports offer the best odds, although being extremely short, at 1/16. Sportingbet provide the best value on a Gasquet win with odds of 12/1.
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