Azarenka wins Australian Open… Again




Victoria Azarenka wins Australian Open… Again

Victoria Azarenka wins Australian Open… Again

A tearful Victoria Azarenka retained her Australian Open title and World no. 1 ranking after overcoming crowd favorite Li Na in a dramatic women’s final on Saturday.

The 23-year-old broke down as she celebrated her second grand slam title, denying her Chinese opponent her second after coming from behind to triumph 4-6 6-4 6-3.

The Belarusian went into the match having upset local fans after taking a controversial 10-minute medical break during a key point of her semifinal win over American teen Sloane Stephens, but this time she was forced to wait as Li twice had to receive lengthy treatment.

The match was also interrupted in the deciding set by a break for the traditional Australia Day fireworks.

Li, the losing finalist in 2011, raced to a 5-2 lead in the opening set as she made a strong bid to add to her French Open title that same year of 2011 — a breakthrough win that made her the first Asian female to win a grand slam singles title.

However, she was unable to show the same control that had allowed her to thrash world No. 2 Russian Maria Sharapova in straight sets in the semifinals.

The current World no. 1 Victoria Azarenka led 3-0 in the second set. Then the sixth-seeded Li injured her ankle after winning the next game.It looked like it might bring the final to a premature end but the 30-year-old Chinese got back on court after having her foot strapped and reduced the deficit further.

The crowd firmly got behind Li at this point of time.

However, Azarenka rallied to take the set and then broke Li’s serve to lead 1-0 in the third set.Li broke back and then led 2-1 before the fireworks started in celebration of 225 years since the first fleet of colonists arrived from the UK.

It was an inopportune break for Li, who again went over on her ankle and banged her head on the court as she tried to protect her damaged foot.

She needed more treatment but was unable to maintain momentum and Azarenka broke her serve to lead 3-2 — the 15th break in just 27 games of an error-strewn match — and went on to clinch the victory that denied Serena Williams a return to the No. 1 spot.

Her more consistent approach paid off as Li paid for making 57 unforced errors to 27 of Azarenka despite making 36 winners to Azarenka’s 18.

Tags: , , , , ,

Author:

Cricket

CEAT signs endorsement deal with Harmanpreet Kaur

CEAT signs endorsement deal with Harmanpreet Kaur

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on January 22nd, 2018

CEAT Ltd. today announced its association with one of most prolific all-rounders in women’s cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur, for a period of 2 years. The bat endor ..

Football

FFCI Football Monthly Achievement Awards

FFCI Football Monthly Achievement Awards

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on January 10th, 2018

Federation of Football Coaches in India (FFCI), an Organization formed in 2011 and approved by the All India Football Federation (AIFF ) organized its Monthly A ..

Tennis

Tennys Sandgren thrashes out Wawrinka in the second round of the Australian Open

Tennys Sandgren thrashes out Wawrinka in the second round of the Australian Open

Posted by: Mahalakshmi Murali on January 19th, 2018

The World Number 9, Switzerland’s three-time Grand Slam champion, Stanislas Wawrinka ends his journey in Melbourne in the second round of the 2018 Australian ..

F1

Life Lessons learned from Sports & Fitness #TOSBDay

Life Lessons learned from Sports & Fitness #TOSBDay

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on September 26th, 2016

Held on Sept 1st, The Outstanding Speakers’ Bureau (TOSB) Twinterview consisted of sports panelists such as Mark Gallagher (Public Speaker on F1 race), Shayam ..

Boxing

Rajasthan Rumble – Vijender Singh’s double-title defense against Ghana’s Ernest Amuzu

Rajasthan Rumble – Vijender Singh’s double-title defense against Ghana’s Ernest Amuzu

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on December 22nd, 2017

Undefeated Indian knockout king, Vijender Singh is set to defend his WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific Super middleweight titles against African Champion Ernest Amu ..

Other Sports

Play on and let the experts handle the legalities

Play on and let the experts handle the legalities

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on January 23rd, 2018

Sportspersons lifts the spirits of the society. They are the icons who amaze the kids and inspire the adults. They are the people who accomplish the impossible ..

One stop guide to all the latest sports news, reviews, opinions, fixtures and live scores from India and around the world.

Copyright © 2017 | The Sports Mirror