13 May 2012

Azarenka to meet Serena in Madrid Open final

9:37 am on 13 May 2012

Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams will square off for the Madrid Open tennis title after the current and former world number ones swept into the final with a minimum of fuss on Saturday.

The Australian Open champion Azarenka took a step closer to a fifth title of 2012 when she dispatched Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-4, before Williams, seeded ninth at the premier event in the Spanish capital, crushed Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka 7-6 6-0.

Belarussian Azarenka has now beaten third-ranked Pole Radwanska six times in six meetings this year and rarely looked troubled as she seeks to improve on her runners-up finish last year to Petra Kvitova.

Azarenka has a 6-1 losing record against Williams but the 22-year-old but says it will be a different story this time and says she can take some encouragement from her match against Williams at the US Open last year when she pushed her to a tie-break.