Originally written January 26, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
This was Sydney last year. What will Melbourne be this year?   Follow for updates from the women’s final as the match unfolds.  Victoria Azarenka seeks to defend her title and her #1 ranking, but Li Na looks for a third straight victory over a top-four opponent. Azarenka 1*-0:  Having claimed that she would silence her nerves for her second final here, Li suggests otherwise with a double fault to open the final.  Not nervous herself, Azarenka pounds a series of deep returns that allow her to move inside the baseline early in the rallies.  A pair of routine errors from 30-30 hand the first of what should be many breaks to the defending champion. Li 2-1*:  When she starts her first service game, Azarenka now looks edgy and quickly returns the break with some tepid errors.  Steadying herself in the next game, Li opens it by winning a long rally with a clean forehand winner, her first of the match.  As expected, she dictates most of the rallies for better or for worse and ends most of t...
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