Serena Rips Up Azarenka At WTA Championships, Lifts Sharapova’s No. 1 Hopes

by Staff | October 25th, 2012, 11:16 pm

In a rematch of their US Open final, the result was the same. Serena Williams dispatched world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-4 in round robin play at the year-end WTA Champions played in Istanbul.

Serena finished her round-robin routine undefeated and without the loss of a set as the Red Group champ. She’ll face the No. 2 player who emerges from the White Group.

“I’d been struggling with my serve in my first two rounds – I knew I could do better, so that was keeping me going,” said Serena who improves to 11-1 against Azarenka. “And everything was just a little better today. I knew I needed to play better today to win against Victoria, who has had a stellar year.

Having won 46 of her last 48 matches and all 12 contests with Top 5 players this year, it’s no surprise Serena can’t wait for Australia. “I can’t wait to get to Australia,” she said. “I wish it started next month.”

While Serena has secured her place on the semifinals, Azarenka faces Li Na in an elimination match Friday. If Azarenka wins she also clinches the year-end No. 1 ranking. If she loses then the door opens for White Group champion Maria Sharapova. The Russian is 2-0 thus far and would claim No. 1 by winning the title undefeated coupled with an Azarenka loss Friday.

“It will be a tough match – she’s No.1 in the world and has been doing an amazing job this year,” Li Na said of playing Azarenka. “I will try my best tomorrow and I hope I play the same like today, hitting the ball well and making just a few mistakes.”

Also today, Li Na beat a tired Angelique Kerber and Sara Errani beat replacement Sam Stosur. Stosur is next for Sharapova. Errani faces Agnieszka Radwanska for the right to play Serena in the semifinals on Saturday.

Semifinal scenarios: Serena vs. Errani or Radwanska; Sharapova vs. Azarenka or Na.


Stadium (from 17.00hrs)
1. Maria Sharapova vs. Samantha Stosur
2. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Sara Errani
3. Victoria Azarenka vs. Li Na

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4 Comments for Serena Rips Up Azarenka At WTA Championships, Lifts Sharapova’s No. 1 Hopes

Alok Says:

It’s looking like the SFs will probably be Serena/Radwanska and Sharapova/Azarenka.

I also think Serena has to be careful with Radwanska because Radwanska likes to put a lot of balls in play, and Serena gets frustrated with such players.

Sharapova wants the No.1 ranking, and most probably will give Azarenka a tough battle. Perhaps, Serena would be only too happy if the Sharapova/Azarenka goes to three very intense sets, with Sharapova emerging as the winner.

The commentators stated that Istanbul has been slowed down, hence the reason for so many breaks in serve for Serena.

alison Says:

A fantastic match between Radwanska and Errani,great shot making from both,and a refreshing change to see two players with such variety,and not all about power,a brilliant match for the neutrals IMO.

alison Says:

So little to choose between Radwanska and Errani,a fabulous match,tennis was deffinetly the winner,such a shame on this occasion that one player had to loose.

Sienna Says:

Ferrer and Errani were both named in the LA files.

No single reporter is asking questions? What in lances name is going on?

Was it al just mobbed together to put Armstrong in isolation? I really am suspisious about USADA. Can people onthis site inform more about the whereabouts of that institute.

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