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Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka: Friends, moms and tennis greats set to battle in US Open semifinals

September 10, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

during day fourteen of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 20, 2016 in Indian Wells, California.

Before analyzing the ins and outs of Serena Williams' blockbuster semifinal against her pal Victoria Azarenka at the US Open on Thursday, tennis coach Sven Groeneveld was first keen to draw attention away from forehands and backhands.

(CNN)Before analyzing the ins and outs of Serena Williams' blockbuster semifinal against her pal Victoria Azarenka at the US Open on Thursday, tennis coach Sven Groeneveld was first keen to draw attention away from forehands and backhands.

After three mothers landed in the quarterfinals at a grand slam for the first time in the Open Era -- Tsvetana Pironkova was the other and gave Williams all she could handle Wednesday -- two moms are meeting in a grand slam semifinal for the first time.

Williams last triumphed at the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant with daughter Olympia, and this is the ninth grand slam where the 38-year-old is attempting to tie Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 majors.

The 31-year-old is a former world No. 1 who has tested Williams like few others have done before, even leading the 2012 US Open final 5-3 in the third set prior to witnessing her friend pull off yet another grand slam comeback.

Yet both Williams and Azarenka have said at this US Open that they're being less hard on themselves than before.

Said Williams: "I just think with the pressure and everything that I felt, like I just needed to be perfect.

So does the Dutchman think Saturday's finale will be a rematch of the controversial final that saw Osaka beat Williams or a rematch of the Western & Southern Open final that never was?

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