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Maria Sharapova avenged her Wimbledon loss to Petra Kvitova and returned to the Australian Open final, where she will face Victoria Azarenka, who dethroned Kim Clijsters.
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Victoria Azarenka reached her first Grand Slam final and staked a claim for the No. 1 ranking when she beat defending champion Kim Clijsters 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday.
The third-seeded Azarenka recovered her composure twice in periods when a resurgent Clijsters seemed to have the upper hand, breaking the veteran Belgian's serve three times in...
Maria Sharapova to face Victoria Azarenka in an Australian Open final between 2 of tennis' loudest "grunters." is through to her first final. Maria Sharapova, her opponent in Saturday's Australian Open title decider, has been there five times before, and won three.
Victoria Azarenka has beaten defending champion Kim Clijsters 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 Thursday to advance to the Australian Open final.
No. 3 Victoria Azarenka reached her first Slam final, eliminating defending champion Kim Clijsters 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. She'll face No. 2 Petra Kvitova or No. 4 Maria Sharapova for the title.