Azarenka won her 22nd straight match to open the year, cruising past Angelique Kerber in the semifinals 6-4, 6-3. Kerber had saved a total of five match points in two matches to reach the semifinals, but could not deal with the world's No. 1 ranked player.
Azarenka will meet Maria Sharapova in the championship showdown after Sharapova won over Ana Ivanovic. Sharapova won the first set 6-4 and had lost the opening game of the second set when Ivanovic retired with an injury.
Azarenka has a 4-3 record against Sharapova, including a 6-3, 6-0 win over her in the finals of this year's Australian Open.
The 22-match winning streak to begin a year is the longest since Martina Hingis won her first 37 matches in 1997.
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