NEW YORK (AP) — Victoria Azarenka rallied from two service breaks down Sunday to even the U. S. Open final against Serena Williams and send it to a decisive third set.

Williams won the first set 7-5 and dropped the second 7-6 (6).

This is the second straight year Azarenka and Williams have played a three-setter in the final. Last year, Williams won the third set 7-5 for her fourth title at Flushing Meadows.

Williams was ahead 4-1 and two breaks in the second set but struggled with the wind that was gusting to 20 mph.

Azarenka broke twice to even the set at 5-all, then broke a third time while trailing 6-5 to send it into the tiebreaker.

Azarenka beat Williams in a third-set tiebreaker in the final last month in Cincinnati.


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