Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka beat ninth-seeded Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-2 Saturday at the China Open to set up a final against Maria Sharapova.
Sharapova cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 semifinal victory over seventh-seeded Li Na of China.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France advanced to the final when Feliciano Lopez retired with a left wrist injury. In Sunday's final, Tsonga will play top-seeded Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic beat unseeded Florian Mayer of Germany 6-1, 6-4.
Azarenka, who won her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, was tested in the first set by Bartoli, but ran ahead to a 5-1 lead in the second set.
But Bartoli refused to allow Azarenka to serve out the match in the seventh game even though the Belarussian held a match point. Bartoli broke serve on a second opportunity when Azarenka hit a forehand long.
Azarenka took advantage of her next match point on Bartoli's serve in the eighth game.
Sharapova, who will be playing for her fourth title of the year, t...