Serena Williams and Azarenka to Meet in Madrid Open Final

No. 1 Victoria Azarenka will take on Serena Williams for the Madrid Open title on Sunday after both women disposed of their opponents in straight sets on Saturday.


Williams defeated qualifier Lucie Hradecka 7-6 (5), 6-0 while Azarenka beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4. For Radwanska it was the sixth time this year she ousted from a tournament by Azarenka.


“We have completely different styles of game so I am not going to judge if I am more powerful or less powerful than Radwanska,” Azarenka stated. “She has a different style, she likes to make you move, change the pace and throw of your rhythm, plus she’s very good with her hands to try to come in. I play more aggressive, I try to take control so I have a different style of game. Today I played well, especially in the first set. In the second set it got a little bit even. I don’t think I was playing that well during my service game but I was still able to turn things around and come back playing well right after my service game on the return. I think it was a good match, I played well and we’ll see.”


Williams was in a battle in the first set with the 105th ranked Hradecka who knocked out Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova and US Open champion Sam Stosur on the way to the semisfinals. “We were both serving really and she served amazing in the first set,” Williams said. She just did everything really well and I was able to come through in the tie break. After that I was able to relax, to make less errors and make more shots and be more aware out there. I think that helped me.”

Azarenka who has a 1-6 against Williams spoke about meet her in the final:”Well, the head to head with her… Well, I don’t know how to explain that. We have played a lot of matches and I was young. I mean, I was much younger, I was just coming on the tour but I have always been competitive against her. She’s one of the best players in the world and one of the toughest opponents to play against so, we’ll see but as I said it’s going to be a different story. We had a very good match last year at the US Open so I can take some positive things out of that one… Here is going to be the first time I play her on clay, so we’ll see.”


Williams on playing Azarenka in the final: “I’m feeling good. I mean, Victoria has been so consistent in her game this year. She is so consistent, so amazing and so, just nearly perfect. I am going to the final with nothing to lose. She’s the top the rank player and she’s going in there with everything to win.”


“Yes, I think confidence is key whether you are consistent or not. I think that with her doing so well and being so consistent, she probably feels like she can win and I think that’s the way you have to feel.”


By reaching the final Williams will move up to No. 6 in the rankings.