In the final of the Sony Ericsson Open, Victoria Azarenka‘s powerful tennis made Maria Sharapova‘s error-prone game surface and the Belarus went first to a 6-1 4-0 lead, and then all the way to a 6-1 6-4 victory for her second title at the tournament in three years.
Sharapova made 43 unforced errors and held serve only once in the entire match. However, after the match Azarenka pointed out how her good selection of shots forced Sharapova to make mistakes: “I think I had the right tactics. She likes to swing big and when she has time it’s very heavy and coming fast. So I was trying to take time away and not let her do that… I think she was missing a lot because of my game.”
By virtue of winning the $4,5-million event, Azarenka earned $700,000 and a return to her career best ranking of No.6. Sharapova will be back in Top 10, from her current No.13.
Azarenka has won her sixth career title, while Sharapova now has a 0-3 win-loss record in the finals of Miami.