epa03424577 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in their final match at the China Open in Beijing, China, 07 October 2012. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG |
It’s rare a World No.1 goes six and a half months without winning a WTA title but it happened – but Victoria Azarenka put an emphatic stop to it in Beijing this past week, not losing a set, in fact barely losing any games, en route to the China Open title. She defeated Maria Sharapova handily in the final, 63 61, winning her fifth WTA title of the year and first since Indian Wells in mid-March. She now has 13 career WTA titles.
Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won their first WTA doubles title together, and the Istanbul field was also set in stone,with Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani and Li Na completing the elite eight.
Consider this. This time 12 months ago, we packed into the rails behind the seats to see Roger Federer be-clad like a red-shirt from Star Trek announce that he sadly was withdrawing from the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals… umm… Final.
While the most important World Tour Finals drama played out on center court at the O2, the press room offered a little bit of everything this week. There were slips of the tongue, humble brags, moments of seriousness, and plenty of sarcasm.
Novak Djokovic won the World Tour Finals for a fourth year in a row on Sunday evening, beating Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4 for the title. The Serb had to work much harder after getting a walkover from Federer in the 2014 final, but he still cruised in just one hour and 20 minutes.
Since the start of 2013, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won a grand total of one Grand Slam between them. During that same time frame, Stan Wawrinka has won more majors than Federer and Nadal combined.