Victoria Azarenka advances to Qatar Open final

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Victoria Azarenka has now won 12 of her last 15 meetings against Agnieszka Radwanska.

Victoria Azarenka has now won 12 of her last 15 meetings against Agnieszka Radwanska.

DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Defending champion Victoria Azarenka reached the Qatar Open final Saturday by sweeping aside Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-3.

Azarenka, who will lose her top ranking to Serena Williams on Monday, has won 12 of her last 15 meetings with Radwanska and hasn't lost to the fourth-ranked Pole in almost two years.

Both players struggled to hold serve in the early stages, but Azarenka took control after breaking for 3-2 in the first set. She ran off eight of nine games, taking a 3-0 lead in the second that held up.

In the second semifinal, Williams faced Maria Sharapova.