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Serena books rematch with Azarenka

GOOD FRIDAY:Max Mirnyi claimed the mixed doubles title on the same day that compatriot Victoria Azarenka proved too powerful for battling Italian Flavia Pennetta

Reuters, NEW YORK

Earlier, Belarusian veteran Max Mirnyi captured his third US Open mixed doubles title when he teamed up with Czech Andrea Hlavackova to beat American Abigail Spears and Mexican Santiago Gonzalez 7-6 (7/5) 6-3.

The 36-year-old Mirnyi, the reigning Olympic mixed doubles champion with compatriot Azarenka, won his first US Open mixed doubles title with Serena Williams in 1998 and teamed up with Azarenka for his second in 2007.

Hlavackova later returned to the court with fellow Czech Lucie Hradecka and beat Serena and Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2 in their women’s doubles semi-final, which came less than an hour after Serena’s singles semi-final.

The Czechs were due to play the Australian duo of Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua in yesterday’s final.

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