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Serena Williams Fights Back From Set Down To Reach US Open Semi Final

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Serena Williams fought back from a set down in the U.S. Open women's quarter final against Tsvetana Pironkova Wednesday. Score: 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

It was the third consecutive match that the six time champion had to fight out for three grueling sets to enter the Semi Final.

The 38-year-old American is just two wins away from a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title.

The match looked advantageous for Serena's Bulgarian opponent as she trailed a set and a break. But from 3-all, 15-30 on serve in the second, Williams found her rhythm back to win nine of the match's final 11 games and book a spot in the US Open semis for the 14th time.

"It's not how you start; it's how you finish, right?" Serena said after the match. "I'm OK. I'm ready to play three sets every match if I have to. It doesn't matter. A win is a win," she added.

Serena's next challenge comes from former world number one Victoria Azarenka, who earned a stunning 6-1, 6-0 victory over Elise Mertens. It will be a rematch of the 2012 and 2013 US Open finals.

In men's quarter final, Dominic Thiem become the first Austrian male player to reach the US Open semi final by beating Alex de Minaur 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

In an all-Moscow match-up, Daniil Medvedev emerged the winner after surviving two tiebreaks over his childhood friend Andrey Rublev. Score: 7-6, 6-3, 7-6.

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