Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr
Victoria Azarenka hot off the press No.1 in WTA rankings can now proudly hold the title after her easy win at the Australian Open in the women’s singles final. She simply dominated Maria Sharapova, and grasped the victory in two sets.
The Belarusian played confidently and with visible inner game strength giving her an conquering air about her that some saw as arrogance, and occasionally the Australian tennis fans misunderstood her passion and absolute resolve fight through every round and making it to the finals, which she snatched from Sharapova’s hands. The shriek-fest was short lived/
Victoria Azarenka Hot Off the Press No. 1 in WTA Rankings
Victoria Azarenka finally got a monkey off her back, while Novak Djokovic proved once again that he’s the best tennis player in the universe at the latest Grand Slam event.
It seems like we’ve been waiting for years (and that’s because we have) for that breakthrough from the 2005 world junior champion Azarenka. But that wait is finally over, as the 22-year-old Belarusian star not only reached her first major final at the 2012 Australian Open, she won it in emphatic fashion and became the new No. 1 women’s player in the world in the process.
Prior to this year’s Australian Open, Vika had only ever reached just one major semifinal, which came at Wimbledon last year. She’d played in 24 Grand Slam events through 2011 and had appeared in only one semi.
Azarenka simply would not be denied this time around, as she beat three of the top women in the world in Melbourne, including defending champion Kim Clijsters in the semis and Maria Sharapova in the championship round. The Minsk native also handled current world No. 6 Aggie Radwanska in the quarters.
Vika needed all three sets to sneak past the former No. 1 Clijsters in the semis, but then flat-out throttled the former top-ranked superstar Sharapova 6-3, 6-0 in the finale, recording wins in nine straight games to seal the deal.
Sharapova was seeking a second Aussie title in five years…but it just wasn’t meant to be.
Danish star Caroline Wozniacki headed to Melbourne with the No. 1 ranking, but gave way to the four-time major champion Clijsters in the quarterfinals, which paved the way for Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Azarenka or Sharapova to assume the lofty perch.
As it turns out, it was Azarenka on top when all the smoke cleared, and the now fourth-ranked Wozniacki is still left seeking that elusive first-ever Grand Slam championship.
FYI: The 5-foot-10 Azarenka is already 12-0 this year, having also titled at the Aussie Open tune-up in Sydney. She beat French Open champ Li Na in the final, Radwanska in the semis, former Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli in the quarters and former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in the second round of that event. Click here to visit the original source of this post
Victoria Azarenka hot off the press No.1 in WTA rankings and she can now retain that glory for the time being. Tennis fans worldwide were awed by the level of tennis played at the 2012 Australian Open, and the marathon finale between Djokovic and Nadal was the crowning closure to a massively successful tournament.