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Sorana Cirstea to meet Serena Williams in final

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Sorana Cirstea during her win over Li Na © Getty Images
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World No. 1 Serena Williams saw off Agnieszka Radwanska 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 to set up a showdown with Sorana Cirstea in the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Williams now has a chance to claim an eighth title of the year, in an event she has won twice before in 2001 and 2011.

And despite needing treatment for a stomach ailment, Williams managed to win the match in an hour and 51 minutes.

In Williams' path stands Cirstea, the 23-year-old Romanian and world No. 27, who defeated Li Na 6-1 7-6 (7-5).

Williams was broken twice in the opening set but recovered both times to force a tie-break, quickly taking a 3-1 lead before sending down an ace to win the set.

Radwanska led 3-1 in the second set but after her medical timeout Williams dug deep to level with an overhand winner.

After saving a break point to hold for a 5-4 lead, Williams broke Radwanska with a high forehand volley on match point.

"I don't think I was playing as aggressive as I needed to play," Williams said. "I let her play her game, which is what she wanted to do, but I wasn't able to play my game as much."

Williams has won both of her previous matches against Cirstea, the most recent coming in the third round of the French Open this year.

"Gosh, she [Cirstea] hits really hard. She has a really big serve. She moves well, she's definitely not an easy player to play. She is a player who has finally found herself, and she's playing better and better and getting more confident."

Earlier in the day, Cirstea had upset Li in straight sets to keep the fourth seed from returning to the Rogers Cup final, where she lost to Petra Kvitova, who Cirstea eliminated in Friday's quarter-finals.

Cirstea has ousted two former world No. 1s in Jelena Jankovic and Caroline Wozniacki this week before beating the sixth-seeded Kvitova.

"I'm happy with how I fought in the end and I'm really happy to finish the match in two sets," said Cirstea, who is hunting for her second WTA title since 2008 in Tashkent.

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