Azarenka crowned AO champion and world # 1

29 Jan

Rod Laver Arena and another big crowd in.

In a one sided final lasting just 82 minutes, Victoria Azarenka won her maiden major – the 2012 Australian Open womens singles title. To the victor, Victoria, go the spoils and she also took over the womens world # 1 ranking as well as $2.3 million in prize money.

This was expected to be a close encounter of the shrieking kind. Maria Sharapova looking to have the edge in experience, with this final being her sixth major and already holding 3 slam titles. Azarenka did get off to a nervous beginning, understandably for a first time slam finalist. after going down early 2 games to love, she quickly found her rhythm and was clearly the dominant player. Sharapova was left with a gameplan that was inadequate against the surging Belarusian, and with no plan B she succumbed 6/3 6/0 still trying to outslug Azarenka from the baseline right to the finish.

In a night of firsts Azarenka became the first Belarusian to win a slam, and also the  first to be ranked #1. She completed a unique double here at Melbourne Park – where she was Australian Open junior girls singles champion in 2005, and now the 2012 womens singles champion. Long and loud may she celebrate.

The PRO.

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