Sunday, January 29, 2012
Azarenka wins Australian Open and ascends to number one
Playing her first ever slam final nerves were expected, and were seen at the start of the match as she trailed 0-2 0-30 serving. With new found mental strength and composure Azarenka proceeded to win 12 of the last 13 games in a 6-3 6-0 defeat of 2008 champion Maria Sharapova.
Azarenka prevailed at Melbourne Park in the junior competition in 2005 and is now just the third woman in history to have won both the Girls and Women's singles events at the Australian Open.
Having won Sydney the week prior to the Australian Open the Belarusian now holds a 12-0 winning streak for the new season and is now Belarus' first slam champion and first world number 1. Azarenka also joins the company of Steffi Graf (1994) and Serena Williams (2005 & 2009) as the only women to win 6-0 sets in Australian Open finals.
Azarenka was not the only one to climb the rankings thanks to Australian Open results. Agnieszka Radwanska achieves a career high ranking of six while Marion Bartoli climbs to number seven, also her career high rank. Sabine Lisicki also achieves a career high ranking of 14.
I would also like to take this moment, because I am a mean person :P, to make Carlos A.K.A ABM eat his words of "Vika will never win anything big other than Miami. She'll be like Hantuchova and Indian Wells" Of course I am paraphrasing but you get the idea.
Speaking of that in a rather interesting stat, every woman to ever win Miami has now won a Slam at some point in their career.
In her acceptance speech Victoria dedicated the win her Grandmother, the person her inspires her the most in life.
Photos from the big night;