Carlsbad, California: Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka beat seventh-seeded Ana Ivanovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 on Saturday to advance to the final in the Southern California Open.
Azarenka, the Belarus player ranked No. 3, won a sloppy match against the Serb as both players committed more unforced errors than hit winners. The two-time Australian Open champ will face fifth-seeded Sam Stosur of Australia, a 7-6 (2), 6-3 winner over Virginie Razzano of France.
"When you play a tournament, it's never going to be just easy matches," Azarenka said. "You have to go through the tough battles and this was one of the days. I'm just happy with the end result that you can overcome things and still find a way to win, that's the most important."