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Victoria Azarenka powers into the US Open semi-finals as she crushes Elise Mertens in straight sets to set up clash against Serena Williams Victoria Azarenka is into the US Open semi after a 6-1, 6-0 win v Elise Mertens   She was dominant against the Belgian, hitting 21 winners against the 16th seed  The Belarusian star is set to play in her first Grand Slam semi-final since 2013 

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Published: 06:42 BST, 10 September 2020 | Updated: 06:42 BST, 10 September 2020

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A loose and confident Victoria Azarenka overpowered Elise Mertens 6-1 6-0 on Wednesday to advance to the semi-finals of the U.S. Open where she will face a familiar foe in Serena Williams.

Azarenka, smiling and bobbing her head along to music being played during changeovers, spread the court with 21 winners to dominate 16th seed Mertens in their first career meeting.

She took the first set after the normally rock solid Belgian sent a forehand wide for her 13th unforced error of the frame.

Victoria Azarenka is through to the US Open semi-finals after cruising past Elise Mertens

Victoria Azarenka is through to the US Open semi-finals after cruising past Elise Mertens 

The Belarusian crushed her Belgian opponent 6-1, 6-0 in a faultless display with 21 winners

The Belarusian crushed her Belgian opponent 6-1, 6-0 in a faultless display with 21 winners 

Mertens struggled against Azarenka in an error-strewn performance at Flushing Meadows

Mertens struggled against Azarenka in an error-strewn performance at Flushing Meadows

And the 31-year-old Belarusian did not take her foot off the

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