Sharapova beats Azarenka in Stuttgart

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 25, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a forehand in her first round match against Maria Kirilenko of Russia during day one of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Second-ranked Maria Sharapova cruised past top-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Porsche Grand Prix for her first title of the year. Sharapova lost the finals of the Australian Open and Indian Wells this year to Azarenka and had never beaten her rival in four previous encounters in a final. The Russian won her 25th career title, an honor roll that also includes three Grand Slam titles. Sharapova made her debut this year in Stuttgart, a tournament played on indoor clay. Sharapova won her fifth clay court title while Azarenka lost her second match of the year.
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