Azarenka faces Sharapova in China Open final

Updated: October 6, 2012, 8:53 AM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka beat ninth-seeded Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-2 Saturday at the China Open to set up a final against Maria Sharapova.

Sharapova cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 semifinal victory over seventh-seeded Li Na of China.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France advanced to the final when Feliciano Lopez retired with a left wrist injury. In Sunday's final, Tsonga will play the winner of the semifinal Saturday between top-seeded Novak Djokovic and unseeded Florian Mayer.

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