Seed No.11 Victoria Azarenka upset world No.1 and top seed Serena Williams 6-3 6-1 to claim the biggest title in her career.
The 19-year-old Belorussian denied the American a record sixth Sony Ericsson Open title and at the same time became only the sixth teenage champion in tournament history, joining Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Steffi Graf, Venus Williams and Gabriela Sabatini.
Williams gave Azarenka credit for winning the final, even though Williams’ left thigh was heavily strapped and she was struggling with her movement. I agree that Azarenka’s capability shouldn’t be denied, especially when we have in mind their last meeting, when Azarenka had to retire because of very evident illness, despite taking the first set.
The Belorussian won her first WTA singles title three months ago in Brisbane, and has now already added the third one to her resume.
Currently at the career high ranking of No.10, Azarenka will rise even more, to a career best No.8. Williams will remain No.1.
Winning the Sony Ericsson Open Azarenka earned $700,000 and Williams received $350,000.