- Victoria Azarenka battles past defending U.S. Open champion in New York
- World No.1 Azarenka wins deciding tiebreak against Samantha Stosur
- First time in the last four at Flushing Meadows for Belarus star
- She will play Maria Sharapova or Marion Bartoli, whose match was halted by rain
Victoria Azarenka reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open for the first time after battling past defending champion Samantha Stosur in three sets Tuesday.
The world No. 1 lived up to her status with a 6-1 4-6 7-6 (7-5) victory over the seventh seed from Australia in a match disrupted by a 75-minute rain delay.
"We both showed some excellent tennis," said Azarenka, who has the best record on hard courts this season with a 30-2 winning margin in WTA Tour events.
"You could feel the pressure all the time. We really both gave it all. We fought really hard, making each other run like crazy."
She will play either French 11th seed Marion Bartoli or Maria Sharapova of Russia, who started playing the second quarterfinal before rain ended the rest of Tuesday's schedule.
"To be in the semifinals of the U.S. Open for the first time is incredible. I don't want to stop. I want it bad. I'm going to do absolutely everything I can here," said Azarenka, who had beaten Stosur in straight sets in their previous six meetings.