March 18, 2011 / 10:20 PM / 9 years ago

Bartoli sweeps past Wickmayer into Indian Wells final

Marion Bartoli of France reacts to defeating Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium in their semifinal match at the Indian Wells WTA tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California March 18, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - France’s Marion Bartoli, serving superbly, reached her first WTA final in two years with a 6-1 6-3 demolition of Belgian Yanina Wickmayer at Indian Wells on Friday.

The 26-year-old, the oldest player left in the draw, broke an error-prone Wickmayer five times in dazzling sunshine at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden to claim a lopsided victory in 85 minutes.

Bartoli, the 15th seed, squealed in delight after hitting a backhand winner down the line to beat her 23rd-seeded opponent for a third time in three meetings.

The Frenchwoman, who fired 10 aces and won 83 percent of her first serve points, has not appeared in a WTA final since she won the biggest title of her career in Stanford in 2009.

In Sunday’s final, Bartoli will meet either top seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark or 16th-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova, who were scheduled to play their semi-final later on Friday.

Editing by Frank Pingue

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