Second seed Victoria Azarenka beat Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova 6-2 6-3 on Wednesday to set up a US Open semi-final clash with Italy's Flavia Pennetta.
Belarusian Azarenka, the beaten finalist at Flushing
Meadows last year, took control after breaking Hantuchova with a superb
backhand to go 5-2 up in the first set.
Hantuchova, ranked 48th in the world, made a determined
start to the second set though, holding her serve and then going 2-0
up, breaking thanks to well-placed volley.
But Azarenka hit back immediately with a break and that
clearly rattled her Slovak opponent, who proceeded to make a series of