Azarenka retains Melbourne crown
January 26, 2013 12:00:09 UK
Defending champion and world number one Victoria Azarenka came from a set down to retain her Australian Open title with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over Li Na.
Belarusian Azarenka double-faulted to give her Chinese opponent the first set, but was soon in charge in the second set with a double break of serve.
However, having received treatment for an ankle problem after slipping over, Na hit back to level at 4-4, only to lose her serve again and allow Azarenka to square the match at one set apiece.
Play was then held up twice in the final set, first by Australia Day fireworks and then for Na to receive further treatment after falling again and hitting her head on the court.
The Chinese then lost her serve in the fifth game of the final set to give Azarenka the advantage and she completed the job with another break of serve, with her second Grand Slam victory also ensuring that she remains at the head of the world rankings.
Azarenka is 8.00 to back up her win in Melbourne with victory at the French Open, while Li Na is 11.00 to triumph at Roland Garros, with Serena Williams 2.00.
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