Found January 28, 2012 on
Nerves are unpredictable. But in her first Grand Slam final, Victoria Azarenka looked unfazed as she powered to win the Aussie Open and grab the No. 1 rank, writes Jon Wertheim.
BEST OF MAXIM
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Victoria Azarenka started celebrating, then suddenly did a double-take to ask her coach, "What happened?" The answer: She had just produced one of the most lopsided Australian Open final victories to capture a Grand Slam title and the No. 1 ranking for the first time. Azarenka routed three-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-0 in 1 hour...
Victoria Azarenka beat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-0 Saturday night to win the Australian Open and take over the women's No. 1 ranking.
Victoria Azarenka's win over Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final on Saturday elevated her to No. 1 and also forced a shift in the top 10 rankings in women's tennis.
There's more than an Australian Open title at stake when Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova meet. The world No. 1 ranking is on the line, too. Courtney Nguyen sets the stage.
There's a new WTA queen in town. Victoria Azarenka won her first major title at the Australian Open, thumping Maria Sharapova to take over the No. 1 rank from Caroline Wozniacki.