"Everything is shaking, I just want to cry," Victoria Azarenka told the crowd on Rod Laver Arena after she had dethroned defending champion Kim Clijsters 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 Thursday to reach her first Grand Slam final here at the Australian Open.
But, later, having collected herself, the 22-year-old from Belarus said she would remain "humble and focused" as she prepares for the biggest match of her life on Saturday. Azarenka will face Maria Sharapova, who reached the sixth Grand Slam final of her career with a pulsating 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory over the Czech who beat her in last year's Wimbledon final, Petra Kvitova.
And there could be icing on the cake for Victoria if she were to win because that would make her the new No. 1 in the world, following Caroline Wozniacki's loss in the quarterfinals. The same, incidentally, would be true for Sharapova, but she has been there before.
At one stage, it seemed that Azarenka would get blown off court by Clijsters, who...