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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Australian Open l Azarenka repeated throne in Australia


With her hundredth point in the match Azarenka queen remained in the first Grand Slam of the season, in a final in which Li, finalist in 2011, had to fight against the current. The Chinese player suffered two crashes during the match, a sprained ankle, dizziness, and even won the first set, as he did in the final two seasons ago against Belgian Kim Clijsters, succumbed again in three sets. Li winning would have done a great service to American Serena Williams, who had regained the number one position in the world, and also with 30 years and 335 days, he would become the oldest winner in the Open triumph Australia. Li had become the first player after the Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova at Roland Garros 2009 to win a Grand Slam at the one and two in the world, but crying over his defeat. However remain fifth in the world ranking of Monday morning, in which the Belarusian fulfill their 48 weeks at the front, followed by Maria Sharapova and Serena. To "Vika" victory marked the first title of the year and the fifteenth of his career. But the party was a carousel of broken over and over, with thirteen in all, too many for a final of a Grand Slam, which at times keep the service was an impossible task. Mal started the game for Li, who started the match with a double fault on the first point, although the Chinese took the first set with a double fault and end of the Belarusian fourth Asian opportunity. Azarenka dominated the second quarter to stand at 3-0, and put everything in their favor, in the fifth game when Li suffered a sprained left ankle. For nearly ten minutes the specter of planned withdrawal on Rod Laver Arena, recalling the abandonment of the Belgian Justine Henin to Amelie Mauresmo in the 2006 final. But after being bandaged the area, Li recovered and kept battling but with less intensity than in the first quarter, to finish this set delivering, with breaks included in the ninth game. The break in the third set for almost 20 minutes for the traditional fireworks on the Yarra River marking the "Australia Day" Li was tapped to be served again, after suffering a fall and to receive new neck massage because some dizziness. With so many setbacks, Azarenka was not too hard to break his opponent's serve twice more to achieve victory at the first opportunity. "Congratulations to Victoria for the great results he has achieved here in the last two years," Li said at the trophy ceremony, "I love playing here, I know I'm young but I'll try again next year," continued Chinese player who spent a wink to his team led by Argentine coach Carlos Rodriguez and husband Jiang Shan. "Two weeks ago I hated my team, because I pushed hard to work, but now I think I should shut up and go," he said. Azarenka's speech was much more formal and never mentioned the injury Li, and also was interrupted by some whistles from the public, who did not forget his incident in the semifinal match against American Sloane Stephens, when it was the bathroom for ten minutes after squandering five match points. "It's been two long weeks, but always keep my best memories of this track, and keep in my heart forever," said "Vika" who wished his rival "the best" and see "more final" to end with a phrase is congraciaba with fans: "I wish you all a happy Australia Day."

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