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Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka saved two match points before rallying past Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-7 (11), 7-6 (2), 6-4 on Wednesday in her first match at the WTA Championships.
Azarenka needs just one more round-robin win to secure the No. 1 ranking for the year.
In another Red Group encounter, Serena Williams proved that even when her serve is malfunctioning, she can still beat a top player.
Williams beat 2011 French Open champion Li Na of China 7-6 (1), 6-3 for her second win in round-robin matches to close in on the semifinals at the tournament for the top eight players in the world. Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska were scheduled to face off in the day's final match.
Williams had six double-faults and won only 51 percent of points on her first serve. But Li also struggled on serve -- there were eight breaks in the first set and three more in the second.
''My serve just didn't go in. Every time I got my first serve in, I was surprised,'' W...
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WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster presents Victoria Azarenka with the Diamond ACES Award (Photo by Getty Images)
(October 24, 2012) ISTANBUL, TURKEY – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced that World No.1 Victoria Azarenka has been named the winner of the Diamond ACES Award for the 2012 season. The Award is presented to the player who consistently goes above and beyond...
(October 25, 2012) Serena Williams completed a perfect 3-0 round-robin record in the Red Group at the WTA Championships in Istanbul with a 6-4, 6—4 win over No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. Williams raised her overall record against Azarenka to 11-1.
Despite losing on Thursday, Azarenka can still clinch the year-end No. ranking with a win in her next round-robin match. She’s 1-1 so far...
Serena Williams extended her dominance over the top-ranked player in the world on Thursday, defeating Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-4 at the WTA Championships.
Williams improved to 11-1 overall against Azarenka, winning the last nine matches. Williams beat Azarenka in the semifinals of Wimbledon and at the London Olympics.
''Maybe I'm doing the right things at the right...
(October 24, 2012) In a battle which featured high quality shot-making and high drama, No. 1 Victoria Azarenka saved two match points to turn back Angelique Kerber 6-7(11), 7-6(2), 6-4 in three hours in her first round-robin match at the WTA Championships in Istanbul on Wednesday. Azarenka is just one victory away from clinching the year-end No. 1 world ranking.