Tennis: Azarenka beats Radwanska to reach Madrid final

AP, Saturday 12 May 2012

Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka advanced to the Madrid Open final, beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday in the first semifinal.

Victoria Azarenka

Azarenka, a five-time tournament winner this year, will face Serena Williams or Lucie Hradecka in the final on the blue-clay court. Azarenka beat Radwanska for the sixth straight time.

''I'm really happy. All the top players are here and I'm in the final and looking forward to it,'' said Azarenka, from Belarus. ''(Radwanska and I) keep meeting each other. I'm glad to win today. The score maybe wasn't so close, but it was a good match.''

Azarenka hit a deep return to set up a slam and break her Polish rival's first service game, and went on to hit 14 winners and held for love to wrap up the first set. The players traded a pair of breaks in the second set before Azarenka, the runner-up last year, won a decisive third break with a crosscourt return.

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