(October 26, 2012) Victoria Azarenka sealed the No. 1 ranking for the year by defeating Li Na 7-6(4), 6-3 at the WTA Championships on Friday in Istanbul. The victory for the Belarusian also moved her into the semifinals on Saturday where she’ll take on Maria Sharapova.
“It’s incredible achievement,” Azarenka told media. “I’m really, really proud of that. I still feel that I don’t want to really get into it too much because I’m still in competition and I would like to keep that focus for two more days I have left. It’s the most that’s it’s going to take.
“But it’s important to stay a little bit grounded. After that, I can enjoy my time and celebrate that.”
It was a career year for Azarenka who began the year with a 26-match win streak capturing her first major – the Australian Open. “Definitely this was a breakthrough. It’s good to see women’s game, you know, raising its level so much more. Especially over this year I felt like all the top players are kind of