Victoria Azarenka beats Jelena Jankovic to reach Brisbane final

Victoria Azarenka will now face Serena Williams who beat third-seeded Maria Sharapova, for the title.

updated: January 03, 2014 20:19 IST
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Brisbane: Victoria Azarenka overcame a shaky serve and another case of the nerves to move into the Brisbane International final with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over former No. 1-ranked Jelena Jankovic on Friday.

The Australian Open champion dropped her first three service games and was facing three break points in the opening game of the second set when she shifted the momentum with a winner she picked up on a half-volley when Jankovic was in control of the point.

After holding for the first time, the second-seeded Azarenka settled down and as Jankovic started to wilt in the heat. After needing 10 match points to beat Stefanie Voegele in the quarterfinals the previous night, Azarenka missed one chance to serve it out at 5-2 in the deciding set, conceding a break with a double-fault.

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