Well, she may not have been the choice of the Australian people or international tennis fans worldwide, but Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, maintained her number one world ranking with a three set victory over Li Na of China in the women’s final of the Australian Open from Melbourne on Saturday.
Azarenka came out sluggish in the first set, losing 4-6, but came back with the vengeance and won the last two sets 6-4, 6-3.
Only twice in the last 26 years has a tennis player lost the first set of the women’s final of the Australian Open and gone on to win the match. Ironically, it has been Li Na that has been the loser on both occasions. In 2011, Belgium’s Kim Clijsters defeated Na 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Azarenka was not the fan favourite Saturday as many questioned the necessity of her ten minute injury timeout against American Sloane Stephens in the semi-final. Ironically, it was Na in Saturday’s final that was injured twice, first her ankle and then the second time her head as she bonked it on the court after falling down awkwardly.