Monday, 30 January 2012

Azarenka and Djokovic emerge victorious down under

The women’s champion was decided with Azarenka dispatching her Russian opponent Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-0 in a very one sided match.  She lost the first two games of the final but managed to get back on track with ferocious baseline winners and powerful serving.  Sharapova could only compete with the decibel levels as her racket gave to many unforced errors which ultimately led to her undoing.  Her wait for another grand slam lives on.  But for Victoria Azarenka she won her first grand slam and is the new number one with Caroline Wozniacki dropping down to fourth position. 
It was not as straightforward for Novak Djokovic as it took him five hours and 53 minutes to retain his Australian Open crown.  It was the pair’s 30th meeting and ended up being the longest match in the tournament s history.  Djokovic managed to come through 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-5.  Nadal had his chances, none more so than when he was a break up in the final set and at 30- 30, when he missed a straightforward backhand down the line.  It turned out to be the most crucial point in the match as Djokovic managed to break back and seal the set and the match.     

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