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Azarenka and Sabalenka face the Belarusian last in Prague

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(Reuters) – Former world number 1 Victoria Azarenka beat Greek Maria Sakkari 6-1 and 6-3 on Saturday and reached the final of the J & T Banka Ostrava Open, where she beat the Belarusian compatriot Aryna Sabalenka meets.

The third Saat Sabalenka defeated the American Jennifer Brady (NYSE 🙂 in the other semifinals 6: 4: 6: 4.

Azarenka, seeded fourth, dominated her first career meeting with Sakkari, taking a 5-0 lead before her opponent managed to get on the board.

She broke Sakkari's serve five times to reach the 40th WTA final of her career when the Greek paid the price for making more than twice as many casual mistakes as her opponent.

Close to being knocked out by world number 73 Sara Sorribes Tormo in the preliminary round, Sabalenka dismissed 22 winners and won 72% of her first service points when she defeated Brady to win the first ever Belarusian WTA final to reach.

However, she has to be at her best to have a chance against Azarenka, who has been in tip-top shape since tennis restarted after a pandemic-induced break – beating her compatriot 6-1 to 6-3 at the US Open.

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