September 20, 2014
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Victoria Azarenka has earned a berth in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open by beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
The 19-year-old Azarenka will play for the biggest title of her career Saturday against the winner of the semifinal between Serena and Venus Williams.
Azarenka closed out the victory on her fourth match point when Kuznetsova netted a backhand to end the 2-hour, 40-minute endurance test played in 85-degree weather.
Azarenka is from Belarus but trains in Scottsdale, Ariz. She is ranked a career-best 10th after reaching the semifinals at Indian Wells two weeks ago.