Tennis: Azarenka triumphs in Memphis
MEMPHIS: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus claimed her second title of the season Saturday as Andy Roddick and Radek Stepanek booked a final showdown at this 1.22 million-dollar ATP and WTA hard court tournament.
Second-seeded Azarenka swept past top-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 6-3 to add the Memphis crown to the first career title she won in Brisbane last month. The 19-year-old had reached four finals over her previous two seasons but didn''t break through until the Australian Open tune up. After a disappointing showing in the Australian Open, where she retired from her fourth-round match against eventual champion Serena Williams due to heat-related issues, Azarenka rebounded here.
In the men''s semi-finals, US top seed Andy Roddick rallied to beat Australian Lleyton Hewitt 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 in a showdown of former world number ones. Roddick, who blasted half his 16 aces in the second set and six more in the third, advanced to Sunday''s final for a 300,000-dollar top prize against Czech fifth seed Radek Stepanek, who eliminated Israeli qualifier Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-1.