Posted October 05, 2012 on AP on Fox
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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...
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