Belorussian Victoria Azarenka defeated world No.8 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-3 2-6 7-5 in the Sony Ericsson Open semifinals and is now one victory away from winning her third WTA singles title, and at the same time her third WTA singles title of the season (the first two are Brisbane and Memphis).
“It’s really big, because it’s first final in such a big tournament for me. It’s the biggest moment, I would say, in my career,” said Azarenka after reaching her first Premier final on the WTA Tour.
The 2006 Sony Ericsson Open champion Kuznetsova, who won her last title in August 2007 at New Haven, was contesting her first semifinal in 2009.
The 19-year-old Azarenka, the fresh member of the Top 10, will face one of the Williams sisters in the Miami final. (source: Sony Ericsson Open, photo: Ralf Reinecke)
She was my tip for IW. She couldn’t quite make it. But maybe she will in Miami. Either way this girl is only going to go up and up. Grand Slam material for sure.
I think she has a chance of beating Serena in the final, especially having in mind their AO encounter. Who knows what would have happened if Azarenka hadn’t been ill.
I think Vika can beat anyone.She is excellent.