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.
â€œWe have completely different styles of game so I am not going to judge if I am more powerful or less powerful than Radwanska,â€ Azarenka stated. â€œShe 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.â€
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. â€œWe were both serving really and she served amazing in the first set,â€ 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.â€
Azarenka who has a 1-6 against Williams spoke about meet her in the final:â€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.â€
Williams on playing Azarenka in the final: â€œIâ€™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.â€
â€œYes, 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.â€
By reaching the final Williams will move up to No. 6 in the rankings.