"It means a lot. That's what we practice for. That's what we were trying to do in these five months off, working for this moment," Soares said.
Azarenka will play Japanese star Osaka in the women's final. In the other semifinal, Osaka overpowered American 28th seed Jennifer Brady 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-3 to reach her second US Open final in three years.
In Sao Paulo, Palmeiras were held to a 2-2 home draw by Sport Recife. Willian and Ze Rafael struck first-half goals for the hosts while Iago Maidana and Luis Mugni were on target for Sport.
The other promoted sides Huesca and Cadiz will also struggle, with Cadiz likely to miss their fans in the Ramon de Caranza Stadium, while Eibar and Alaves might also find life hard after flirting with danger last season. Eibar have lost plyers such as Orellana, Escalante and Di Blasis, while Alaves, who celebrate their centenary this season, will hope a forward line of Joselu, Lucas Perez and Deyverson should have the goals to keep them in the top flight. Enditem
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Fourth seed Naomi Osaka of Japan outlasted an inspired Victoria Azarenka from Belarus 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final to win the women's singles title of the US Open on Saturday.
But just when it appeared as if the race had settled into a predictable rhythm, the Racing Point of Lance Stroll suffered a puncture on lap 43 that sent the Canadian careening off the circuit at high speed.
Stuttgart edged third-division club Hansa Rostock on a sole goal from Sila Wamangituka and Jonathan Schmid's 2-1 winner for Freiburg sealed Waldhof Mannheim's first round exit. Enditem
Osasuna were rocked on Wednesday with the news that key striker Chimy Avila tore his cruciate knee ligaments in training and he could miss most of the season.
At the wrong end of the table, Elche, who did well to earn promotion through the play-offs, will expect to suffer, especially after replacing the popular coach Pacheta with Jorge Almiron, who has never coached in Europe.
The 58-year-old agreed to a 15-month contract following the sacking of Roger Machado last week.
Moreno equalized for Shanghai in the 81st minute, as the Columbia international dribbled, shrugging off four defenders in the box before firing an angled shot past Han.