Victoria Azarenka celebrated her 21st birthday with an easy victory over Sam Stosur in the semi-finals in Stanford, USA.
The Belarusian continued her return to form with a 6-2 6-3 win, breaking three times in the first set and holding the edge throughout the second.
“I’m happy with the way I played. I’m finally injury-free and I’m enjoying my time on the court,” said Azarenka.
“[Stosur] has had such good results. I’m so happy at how I played against her.
“I started to move a little better as the match went on and I improved my defensive game and that helped my offensive game move forward.”
Azarenka, ranked 18th, is still seeking her first title of the season and ousted defending champion Marion Bartoli of France in the quarter-finals.
It was another dismal performance by Stosur in an important match as she continues to come up short in finals and semi finals.