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It is a surface that she does not regard as her best, but Victoria Azarenka is starting to feel more at home on clay, more confident on it and if her first set performance against Sam Stosur was anything to go by, more dazzling on it. The Belarusian raced to a 6-0 lead before coming through the second set 7-5 to set up a final meeting with Serena Williams. Azarenka has never got past the quarter-finals of the French Open, her most disappointing of the four Grand Slams and this is her first final of the year on clay. The world number three can now go into Roland Garros knowing she has the game to take opponents’ approaches apart on the surface regardless of what happens against Williams on Sunday. “Over the last couple of years clay is the most challenging surface and I feel more and more comfortable,” she said. “This week is proof I am finding my game on this surface and I an looking forward to my match tomorrow. I never rate my chances and I have goals and things that I want to achieve and so I try to work hard and make it happen. This week is almost finished and tomorrow is a great day and then there is another week to improve.” Azarenka beat Williams in the Doha final back in February but she claims the American is not indestructible. “She has lost to somebody else too and I don’t think about that and I think about what I can do,” Azarenka said. “She is definitely in a great form and it is very exciting for me tomorrow and play at that level.”