Azarenka storms into Sharapova showdown

Fri, 01 Apr 04:15:00 2011

Victoria Azarenka crushed Vera Zvonareva 6-0 6-3 to reach the final of the WTA event in Miami, where she will play Maria Sharapova.

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Azarenka reached her second final in Miami after her breakthrough victory in the final here, against Serena Williams, two years ago.

The 21-year-old can expect a tough battle against Sharapova, who is looking in top form.

"She is playing well, she is a tough opponent, no matter when or where, I am looking forward to it," said Azarenka.

"I know how she plays, she knows how I play so it will be a real battle. I haven't to let her dictate the play, the way she likes."

Azarenka utterly dominated the first set, winning 82 per cent of first service points and leaving Zvonareva covering her face with a towel as her coached talked to her during the interval.

It was a more solid display from the Russian in the second set but she was never truly close to beating Azarenka, who now has a chance for her second title in Miami.

WTA Miami: Semi-final

Reuters

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