Originally written January 26, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
Victoria Azarenka captures her second Slam at the 2013 Australian Open January 26, 2013 — In a match that saw plenty of drama and shifts in momentum as quick as you can blink, Victoria Azarenka walked away victorious once again at the Australian Open defeating Li Na 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 for her second Slam title. Unsteady play, two medical timeouts for Li (including one for a possible concussion), and a ten-minute intermission in the third set due to a nearby fireworks display only added to the strange setting of the night’s final. Both ladies started off nervous and couldn’t quite catch their rhythm, exchanging seven breaks of serve in the first set alone. But Li’s backhand proved to be her strength and held up long enough to give her the edge in the first set. On Li’s fourth set point, Azarenka double-faulted and the crowed erupted in support for Li. In the second set, Azarenka quickly went up to a 3-0 lead, before Li pushed it to 1-3, 30-all. And then the unthinkable happened — Li twist...
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