Published: 06:42 BST, 10 September 2020 | Updated: 06:42 BST, 10 September 2020
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
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
And the 31-year-old Belarusian did not take her foot off the