Qualifier Samsonova downs Azarenka to reach Berlin final
Belarus' Victoria Azarenka returns the ball to Russia's Liudmila Samsonova during their semi-final women's singles match.
Russian qualifier Liudmila Samsonova made light of her world ranking of 106 to defeat former number one and two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka to reach the Berlin WTA grass court final on Saturday.
Samsonova claimed her second Top 20 win of her career by firing 24 winners (including 11 aces) past the Belarusian.
Switzerland's Bencic, seeded fifth, ended the run of Alize Cornet to progress to the final with a 7-5, 6-4 win.
France's Cornet, 63rd in the world, reached the last four after an upset win over former Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza.