Sunday, January 27, 2013

Vika Azarenka - Australian Open 2013 Women's Champion

Reigning world number one, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, retained her Australian Open title at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. She came back from a set down to beat the Chinese favorite Li Na who fell down twice to injure her ankle disrupting her momentum.

Vika Azarenka beat Li Na in a two hours and 40 minutes affair with the scoreline of 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. 

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus with the Australian Open women's trophy
Pic courtesy: Ben Solomon and

Azarenka broke into tears after winning her consecutive Australian Open championship. 
Unfortunately, you have to go through some rough patches to achieve great things. That’s what makes it so special for me,Azarenka said. “I went through that, and I’m still able to kiss that beautiful trophy.

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Li Na of China with their trophies at the Australian Open 2012 Women's final event
Pic courtesy: Ben Solomon and

Li Na of China first tumbled to the court after twisting her left ankle in the fifth game of the second set and had it taped. 
On the first point after a 10-minute pause in the third set while fireworks boomed overhead from nearby Australia Day celebrations, Li fell over again and slammed the back of her head on the court. The 2011 French Open champion was treated and had another timeout before being allowed to resume the match.

Li Na falling and twisting her ankle during the Australian Open finals
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The beautiful Vika Azarenka serving during the Australian Open finals against Chinese Li Na at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne

Azarenka crying after winning the Australian Open 2013 Women's Championship for the second consecutive  year
Pic courtesy: Ben Solomon and

A beautiful shot of Victoria Azarenka and her Australian Open 2013 Trophy
Pic courtesy: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Though Azarenka's victory was marred by a controversial medical timeout during her semifinals match against upcoming teenager Sloane Stephens, none could deny her hunger for victory today. Hoping for a non-controversial successful year for Vika :)

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