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Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka overcame a shaky start to beat Li Na 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 and advance to the Madrid Open semifinals on Friday.
Azarenka struggled on serve early on, but last year's runner-up found her stride on the new blue clay-court and broke her Chinese opponent's first two service games of the second set to pull even.
Azarenka then used her powerful groundstrokes to jump out to a 4-0 lead in the decider before holding off Li's late charge.
The Belarusian will face the winner of the quarterfinal between Agnieszka Radwanska and Varvara Lepchenko. Azarenka has won four titles this season.
Also, Serena Williams plays Maria Sharapova, while Sam Stosur faces Lucie Hradecka.
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Serena Williams overpowered the top-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 to win the Madrid Open on Sunday.
In a clash of two of the tour's heaviest hitters, Williams battered Azarenka around the new blue-clay court with her big serve and vicious return to take the first four games and never look back.
Williams served 14 aces on her way to avenging her only loss in six previous...
Serena Williams will meet top-ranked Victoria Azarenka in the final of the Madrid Open after both players dispensed with their rivals in straight sets on Saturday.
Williams beat qualifier Lucie Hradecka 7-6 (5), 6-0 on the new blue-clay court after Azarenka ousted fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4.
The ninth-ranked Williams edged the tenacious Czech to have a shot at her...
No. 1 Victoria Azarenka will take on Serena Williams for the Madrid Open title on Sunday after both women disposed of their opponents in straight sets on Saturday.
Williams defeated qualifier Lucie Hradecka 7-6 (5), 6-0 while Azarenka beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4. For Radwanska it was the sixth time this year she ousted from a tournament by Azarenka.
“We have completely...
Friday’s player quotes about the blue clay courts being used at this year’s Madrid Open:
I mean, there’s not only one player complaining about it. I am not a fan of this court, I can say that for sure but I don’t want to sit here and complain about it. I have to play. Nothing is going to change this year. We can talk about possible changes after the tournament...
By Lisa-Marie Burrows
Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid – World No.1 Victoria Azarenka recorded her sixth victory this year against Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4 to progress to her sixth final this year where she will meet Serena Williams after she defeated qualifier Lucie Hradecka 7-6, 6-0.
The Belarusian has reached the final for the second year running, which saw her miss out on...
Milos Raonic gave Roger Federer all he could handle on Wednesday night at the Madrid Open. The Swiss won a hard fought three-set victory over the Canadian 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(4). This was Federer’s first match since March in Miami when he lost to Andy Roddick in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open.
The difference in the first set and throughout most of the match was that...
May 5-13, 2012
Results – Saturday, May 12, 2012
Singles – Semifinals
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 62 64
(9) Serena Williams (USA) d. (Q) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 76(5) 60
Doubles – Final
(5) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) 61 36 104 (Match TB)
Singles – Semifinals
 R Federer (SUI) d ...
Mutua Madrid Open
May 5-13, 2012
Results – Friday, May 11, 2012
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (8) Li Na (CHN) 36 63 63
(9) Serena Williams (USA) d. (2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 61 63
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (Q) Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 64 64
(Q) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. (5) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 76...