Found January 26, 2012 on
In the Tramlines:
Defending champion: Out. Appointed new heiress of women's tennis: Out. The two players that remain are two of the biggest divas on the tour, Belarusan shrieker Victoria Azarenka and Russian(But really Amercian) mega-shrieker Maria Sharapova. It's shame that the shrieking is the only thing I can think of when they play, because the two semifinals on the women's side last night were of the highest quality. Great tennis, from start to finish.
Victoria Azarenka def. Kim Clisters 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
This match had some of the best shotmaking on the women's side I've seen in a long time. Both players' backhands were rock solid and their whippy forehands were fun to watch. Azarenka was able to close out the first set with some great shots. Clijsters had her back against the wall against Li Na in the fourth round, and again in the semifinals. She responded very well, dominating the second set 6-1. Azarenka seemed as if she was saving a bit for the...
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Victoria Azarenka reached her first Grand Slam final and staked a claim for the No. 1 ranking when she beat defending champion Kim Clijsters 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday.
The third-seeded Azarenka recovered her composure twice in periods when a resurgent Clijsters seemed to have the upper hand, breaking the veteran Belgian's serve three times in...
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.
Azarenka moved from No. 3 to No. 1, overhauling Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who will remain at No. 2 after her semifinal exit in Australia.
The 22-year-old Belarusian is the 21st player to hold...
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.
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.
Maria Sharapova to face Victoria Azarenka in an Australian Open final between 2 of tennis' loudest "grunters." is through to her first final. Maria Sharapova, her opponent in Saturday's Australian Open title decider, has been there five times before, and won three.
Victoria Azarenka has beaten defending champion Kim Clijsters 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 Thursday to advance to the Australian Open final.