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Serena Williams pulled herself together, as she usually does when it matters the most. Facing her first test of the past two weeks, the No. 1-seeded Williams overcame No. 2 Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1 on Sunday for a fifth championship at Flushing Meadows and second in a row.
The defending champion won the first seven games of Friday's match, then actually fell down a break early in the second set, before quickly regaining it on the way to a 6-0, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Li Na.
Pennetta, ranked 83rd, hasn't dropped a set en route to the semifinals. Gasquet made his second Grand Slam semifinal, the only other coming at Wimbledon in 2007.
There was a turn-back-the-clock feel to Day 1 at the 2013 U.S. Open, when both sisters were about as good as can be, dropping a combined four games in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The Women's Australian Open will be played at Victoria Golf Club on Feb. 13-16.
Williams is looking for her sixth Wimbledon title and improved her career record to 68-8 at the All England Club. She extended her career-best winning streak to 32 matches.
Darcis of Belgium stunned the two-time champion 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4. He ended Nadal's 22-match winning streak and eliminated one of the Big Four of men's tennis on the very first day of the grass-court Grand Slam.
More than half the questions at Sunday's media session revolved around themes generating the most buzz on the eve of tennis' oldest and most prestigious Grand Slam tournament: what Williams was quoted as saying in a recent magazine article — and Sharapova's surprisingly forceful verbal swipe in reaction to that story.
Masters champion Adam Scott has entered November's Australian Open at Royal Sydney, meaning he'll play at least three times in four weeks Down Under _ and possibly all four.