Injury doesn't stop Azarenka booking Stosur final
Top seed Victoria Azarenka will play Sam Stosur in the final of the Qatar Open, after she defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-4 in their semi-final on Saturday.
In a contest that took just shy of 90 minutes, Australian Open champion Azarenka took the first set with some ease before breaking the fourth seed to put herself well on the path to victory. It was then that disaster threatened to strike, however, as she seemed to injury her right ankle while reaching for a drop shot.
The incident definitely affected her movement, but she was able to bounce-back after falling 2-1 down to win four games in succession - before eventually clinching the contest on her serve with a powerful forehand that just clung onto the line.
Sam Stosur has proved her slump is behind her by reaching the final, although she did benefit from Marion Bartoli's withdrawal. Stosur had won the first set 6-3 when the Italian opted to pull out of the tournament due to a leg injury.
Stosur fell in the first round of the Australian Open last month, with that loss representing her third in as many matches. However, the Australian returned to form at the Fed Cup, winning both her singles matches in the tie against Switzerland, and she was in charge of the first set against Bartoli, claiming two breaks.
"You always want to win a match playing the full match out and winning match point," Stosur said. "So any player will always take it if you play a set or two sets. But, of course, in the nature of the sport you want to be able to finish it."