Williams and Azarenka to face off in Ladies US showpiece

Updated: September 8, 2012

Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka stormed into the final of the US Open with crushing victories in Friday’s semis to set up a classic showdown between the greatest player of her generation and the current world No 1.

Williams was at her ruthless best as she demolished Italian Sara Errani 6-1 6-2 to continue her golden summer while Azarenka was no less impressive as she clawed her way out of trouble to beat Maria Sharapova 3-6 6-2 6-4 at Flushing Meadows.

Williams won her first US Open title in 1999 when she was just 17 but is now bidding to become the oldest woman to win since Margaret Court triumphed, aged 31, in 1973. Williams turns 31 later this month.

Tonight the men battle it out for a place in the final. Berdych taking on Murray, while Djokovic will look to overcome Ferrer.