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The World No.1 had started the year brilliantly when she won the Sydney International beating French open champion Li Na in the final. She followed that win with her first Grand Slam victory at the Australian Open. By doing that, she became the first-ever player to jump from World No.3 to World No.1 directly. She continued to play like a champion in the following months as she won the WTA title at Doha and then at Indian Wells too. She did however, lose in the quarterfinal of the Miami Sony Ericsson Open to Marion Bartoli. She then lost to arch-rival Maria Sharapova in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. Even in the first round here in Madrid, she put in a sluggish display before getting past Andrea Hlavackova. She did however, put in a much improved performance against Ana Ivanovic in the second round beating her in straight sets. Against reigning French Open Champion Li Na in the quarters, she showed immense character and belief to comeback after being a set down to win 3-6,6-3,6-3. Her win/loss record now stands at 33/2.
Radwanska has had a good year so far with her win-loss record standing at 32/5. She started the year by reaching the semifinals of the Sydney International and then only managed to reach the quarterfinal of the only Grand Slam this year - the Australian Open. She has since, picked her game up and won her eighth WTA title at Dubai, with that she cracked the Top 5 in March and then jumped to the World No.4 spot in the world winning her ninth WTA title in Miami, upsetting Sharapova in the final. Her pulsating three set victory over Na Li in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix proved why she has jumped the rankings so fast. In the semifinal of it however, she was completely outplayed by her opponent today. Radwanska has looked dominant all tournament and beat surprise package Varvara Lepchenko 6-4, 6-4 in the quarters. Coming into the event she was one the favorites along with Azarenka and Sharapova. With Sharapova out, this match could be decisive.
They have met a massive thirteen times before and Azarenka has been dominant with ten wins. Azarenka has also won all of their five matches in 2012. The Pole then comes into the match with a lot to prove. This is only their second meeting on clay after Stuttgart.
TennisEarth predicts Azarenka to win this comfortably.
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