Victoria Azarenka beat Agnieszka Radwanska for the sixth straight time to advance to the finals of the Madrid Open on Saturday.
The world’s top ranked player cruised to a 6-2, 6-4 victory on the blue-clay court to give her a chance to win her fifth title of the year against either Serena Williams or Lucie Hradecka.
Azarenka started strongly, hitting a deep return to set up a slam and break her Polish rival’s first service game. She went on to hit 14 winners and held for love to wrap up an almost flawless first set.
Both players traded a pair of breaks in the second set before Azarenka, last year’s runner-up, won a decisive third break with a superb crosscourt return.
“I’m really happy. All the top players are here and I’m in the final and looking forward to it,” said the 22-year-old Belarusian. “(Radwanska and I) keep meeting each other. I’m glad to win today. The score maybe wasn’t so close, but it was a good match.”
On the men’s side, Roger Federer plays Janko Tipsarevic and Juan Martin del Potro faces Tomas Berdych later.