Azarenka defies injury to make Doha final

Sat, 18 Feb 18:29:00 2012

Victoria Azarenka will face Sam Stosur in the final of WTA Doha after the Belarus top seed beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-4 in the semi-finals.

A. picture combo shows Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reacts after injuring her left foot during her match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in their WTA Qatar Open semi-final tennis match in Doha on February 18, 2012. Azarenka won match 6-2,6-4 to go i - 0

Azarenka offered her Polish opponent plenty of chances and dropped her own serve three times, but ultimately Radwanska's poor serving cost her dearly as she went out to the world number one and Australian Open champion.

The world number one's progress came despite an ankle injury sustained early in the second set, but despite heavy strapping and evident pain she won her sixteenth match in a row.

Third seed Stosur will be Azarenka's opponent in the final, the Australian progressing after Marion Bartoli was forced to pull out of their semi-final with a calf strain. Stosur had just won a tough-fought opening set 6-3 when the French number one called it a day.

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