Victoria Azarenka used her superior serving and punishing groundstrokes to upset prime seed Angelique Kerber 6-Four 4-6 6-1 and advance to Sunday’s closing of the Monterrey Open in opposition to Garbine Muguruza.
In a battle of former world quantity ones the momentum shifted within the Belarusian’s favour early within the third set when Kerber dedicated two double faults in a careless service recreation handy Azarenka a 2-Zero lead.
Azarenka seized the chance, consolidating the break within the subsequent recreation earlier than cruising to the end line to succeed in her first closing in additional than three years.
“I am very happy with how I performed right this moment,” she mentioned in an on-court interview on a heat night time in northern Mexico.
“It was an essential match and to see how I can do underneath strain in opposition to a prime participant,” she mentioned.
“I have not gained a lot of these within the final couple years so it is good that I will flip it round and decide up my stage.”
Earlier, second seed Muguruza eased previous Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2 6-Three to ebook her ticket to the ultimate.
Azarenka got here out the victor in her solely earlier assembly with Spaniard Muguruza, a hard-fought 7-6(6) 7-6(4) win on the onerous courts in Miami in 2016.