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Final berth not a given for top seeds

Updated: September 5, 2013, 8:53 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | espnW.com

NEW YORK -- To hope for a US Open women's final between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, a rematch of one of the most closely contested US Open finals in years, is certainly understandable. But to count on it? Not so fast.

In one semifinal Friday, No. 2 seed Azarenka must get past Italy's Flavia Pennetta, a seemingly easy proposition against the 83rd-ranked player in the world. But while Azarenka has struggled to find her form in an uneven tournament thus far, needing two straight ...

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