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.
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Mardy Fish will need to wait a little longer to claim his first match win in almost two years after falling in the first round of the BB&T Atlanta Open. The former World No. 7 and two-time Atlanta champion lost 6-4, 6-4 to Israel's Dudi Sela in just his second appearance of the season and first since Indian Wells in March.
Umag champ drives eight hours to get to next tournament in Gstaad. There was little time for celebration for Dominic Thiem after winning his second ATP World Tour title at the Konzum Croatia Open Umag on Sunday evening.