Playing against defending champion Li Na in the final of the Apia International Sydney, Victoria Azarenka dominated the first set 6-2 before Li stormed through the second without facing a break point and by losing just one game. The odds continued to be on Li’s side in the beginning of the third set when she broke Azarenka’s serve in the opening game, but from then on Azarenka was writing the story of their match and took out the last year’s champion 6-2 1-6 6-3.
By defeating Stefanie Voegele, Jelena Jankovic, eighth seed Marion Bartoli, seventh seed Agnieszka Radwanska and finally Li, world No.3 Azarenka earned her ninth career title and her second in Australia, after Brisbane 2009. The Sydney winner’s prize is $107,000.
Li can also leave the tournament satisfied. She’s had her best strech of match wins since the French Open. In addition, the Sydney final and her 22-4 win-loss record in Australia over the last three years can only suggest we can expect the best of Li at the upcoming Australian Open where she was runner-up last year.