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Maria advances to Beijing final

Posted on October 6, 2012

Maria is through to her first final at the China Open in Beijing after she defeated No.7 seed Li Na of China 6-4 6-0 in an hour and 41 minutes.

This is Maria's eighth appearance in a final in 2012.

In the first set, Maria found herself 3-1 down and won five of the next six games to take the set 6-4 in 90 minutes.

Maria continued the run of games in the second set as she didn't drop a game against the 2011 Roland Garros champion and won match point when the No.7 seed hit a shot into the net.

In Sunday's final, Maria will play No.1 seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. Maria has played Azarenka ten times before and Azarenka leads the series 6-4. Here are the matches they have played against each other:
Moscow 2007 R2: Azarenka won 7-6 6-2
Los Angeles 2009 R2: Maria won 6-7 6-4 6-2
Beijing 2009 R2: Maria won 6-3 6-7 7-5
Stanford 2010 Final: Azarenka won 6-4 6-1
Miami 2011 Final: Azarenka won 6-1 6-4
Rome 2011 Quarter-Final: Maria won 4-6 3-0 ret. 
Australian Open 2012 Final: Azarenka won 6-3 6-0
Indian Wells 2012 Final: Azarenka won 6-2 6-3
Stuttgart 2012 Final: Maria won 6-1 6-4
US Open 2012 Semi-Final: Azarenka won 3-6 6-2 6-4

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