Tennis: Serena, Azarenka into Qatar Open final

Serena Williams downed Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-2 to reach the Qatar Open final on Saturday and will tackle defending champion Victoria Azarenka for the title.

Williams needed just 73 minutes to defeat Sharapova, five minutes fewer than it took top seeded Azarenka to beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-3 in her semi-final.

Williams, 31, is already assured of becoming the oldest world number one when the new rankings are released on Monday, taking the place of Australian Open champion Azarenka.