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Duchess Meghan Markle flew to New York City on a budget commercial airline to watch her bestie, Serena Williams try to win her 24th Grand Slam title in the U.S. Open women's final in Flushing, NY on Saturday.

Meghan was heavily criticized for flying on private jets with her husband Prince Harry after both have expressed environmental concerns in the past.

Williams will take on Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu, who needed all the tools in her powerful arsenal to defeat Switzerland's Belinda Bencic 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 in Thursday's women's quarterfinals.

Bencic, 22, knocked off the defending U.S. Open women's singles champ Naomi Osaka earlier this week.

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Williams, who is nearing retirement at age 37, easily ousted No. 5-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the 1st women's quarterfinals match on Thursday to advance to the final.

"To be in yet another final, it seems, honestly, crazy," said Williams, a six-time U.S. Open champion. "But I don't really expect too much less."

Andreescu makes her first ever appearance in the US Open finals. Thursday's win marked her 12th consecutive victory as she became the first Canadian woman to reach the US Open finals.

The 19-year-old is the odds on favorite going into the finals against Williams.

"I don't think anyone [is] surprised," said Bencic when asked if Andreescu's run to the final was unexpected. "Honestly, she won Indian Wells, Toronto. She beat so many great players. I definitely was not surprised. I don't think anyone should be."

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Meghan and Harry, pictured with American power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z in London, were branded as hypocrites for their costly habit of flying in private jets after claiming to be advocates for the environment and campaigning against climate change.

Meghan and Harry's reps argued that the couple's private jets leave a teeny weeny carbon footprint in the earth's atmosphere. And besides that, they only flew on private jets four times in the past 2 weeks.

The British press reports that Meghan silenced her critics by catching a "last minute flight" on a "commercial airliner" out of London to NYC, but they didn't identify the airline carrier.

Naomi Osaka, the 2018 US Open Women's Singles champion, returned home to her native Japan, where she attended a press conference in Yokohama, Kanagawa on Thursday, September 13. Here she receives a flower bouquet from Koki Ando, president and chief executive officer of Nissin Foods Holdings Co.

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Kelly Rowland, center, weighed in on the public feud between female rappers Nicki Minaj, left, and Cardi B, right. The 37-year-old pop singer begged the two rappers to stop feuding and focus on women's fight for equality in the aftermath of Serena Williams's loss at the 2018 U.S. Open women's championship.

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Serena Williams easily won her opening round tennis match at the U.S. Open in the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, NY on Monday. She wore a black tutu designed by Virgil Abloh x Nike and a pair of Off-White x Nike tennis shoes designed exclusively for her.

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The NYPD cop who used excessive force to arrest a former tennis star tried to cover up the arrest, the NY Daily News reports.

Officer James Frascatore (right) failed to file an incident report or inform his immediate supervisors about the wrongful arrest of James Blake, who was on his way to watch the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

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Newly single pop singer Mariah Carey took her twins Monroe and Morocan to lunch at Luzzo's in Tribeca, NYC today. Insiders say Mariah has given strict orders to the paparazzi to only photograph her right side. Legend has it that Mariah's ex-husband Tommy Mottola convinced her that her left side was her bad side.
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It took 3 grueling sets but Serena Williams defeated Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1 to win her 5th U.S. Open title, and her 17th Grand Slam singles title overall.

"Vika's such a great opponent; she's such a fighter," a relieved Williams said after the match. "It was never over until match point."

Azarenka was gracious in her defeat. After the match, Azarenka and Williams embraced. "I did everything I could," Azarenka said. "I fought as hard as I could. But I lost to a great champion."

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Tennis superstar Venus Williams made a valiant effort to win her tennis match last night during the 2013 US Open, but she fell short of the mark. Williams was ousted by Zheng Jie of China in 3 sets 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5). The 2-time US Open winner was seen outside her New York hotel, wearing Kool aid braid extensions that perfectly matched her colorful outfit.
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The ongoing spat between pro golfers Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia got ugly on Tuesday when Garcia made a racist remark in reference to Woods.

The drama started when Garcia accused Woods of distracting him during the Players' golf Championship in May. Ever since then Garcia and Woods have traded barbs and avoided each other. But things got nasty when Garcia was asked if he would invite Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open in June.

"Sure. We'll have him 'round every night," Garcia allegedly said. "We will serve fried chicken."

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Tennis superstar Serena Williams was disqualified from the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadow, NY for getting gangster with a line judge during the semifinals on Saturday. The line judge picked the wrong time to call a questionable foot fault on Serena who was already having a bad day.

What got into Serena? She must have thought she was still on the streets of Compton when she pointed a racket at the tiny Asian line judge and screamed, "If I could, I would take this f***ing ball and shove it down your f***ing throat!"

We can all agree that was probably the wrong choice of words for her to use what with 25 hot mics surrounding the court and cameras rolling all over the venue. I've never seen Serena so gully, but then I don't watch much tennis anymore either.

I recall a time back in the day when John McEnroe used to throw fits and rackets all over the court. He not only cussed out the line judges and the umpires frequently, but he verbally abused the ball boys too. Still, I don't remember John ever getting tossed from the court.

But this is 2009, and you'd best believe that if you're black -- and your name is not Barack Obama -- you're not getting a pass this year or for the next few years going forward. White guilt ended when Obama was elected. So get used to it.