Sharapova, Williams reach WTA finals

Oct. 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova beat World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka Saturday to reach the finals of the WTA Championships in Turkey.

Sharapova topped Azarenka 6-4, 6-2 and will face Serena Williams, who breezed past Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-1 in 61 minutes.

Sharapova dominated the match, breaking serve twice while winning the first four games of the second set.

"I certainly didn't make as many mistakes today as I did in our previous matches," said Sharapova, who was 1-4 against Azarenka this year coming into Saturday's match. "I also returned a little bit better, although I still feel like I could have returned better than I did today."

Williams had little trouble against the weary Radwanska, winning 10 of the final 11 games in the contest.

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