Azarenka triumphs at Indian Wells
World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka routed World No. 2 Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-3 to win the ATP/WTA Indian Wells women’s title last night.
Azarenka has won all 23 matches she has played this year, the best start to a season since Martina Hingis won 37 in a row in 1997.
“I was just trying to do my best because I know Maria is fighting,” Azarenka said. “I always try to stay focused and apply as much pressure as I can.”
Azarenka’s victory comes just six weeks after she beat Sharapova in straight sets in the Australian Open final to win her first Grand Slam title.
The 22-year-old from Belarus hit one ace, had two double faults and won 71 per cent of her first serve points in collecting her fourth title of 2012 and a $1 million winner’s cheque.
Azarenka clinched the crown on her first match point when Sharapova made a stab at a shot but her lob sailed long, ending the 86-minute match.
“I never dreamed about that. It is amazing,” she said of the win streak.
“I am so glad I am able to be consistent, disciplined and professional every day.”
Men’s final: Federer bt Isner 7-6, 6-3.