Victoria Azarenka gains Qatar Open final

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 18:15 hrs

Defending champion Victoria Azarenka reached the Qatar Open final Saturday by sweeping aside Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-3.

Azarenka, who will lose her top ranking to Serena Williams on Monday, has won 12 of her last 15 meetings with Radwanska and hasn't lost to the fourth-ranked Pole in almost two years.

Both players struggled to hold serve in the early stages, but Azarenka took control after breaking for 3-2 in the first set. She ran off eight of nine games, taking a 3-0 lead in the second that held up.

In the second semifinal, Williams faced Maria Sharapova.

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