28 Jan '12, 10am

Azarenka thrashes Sharapova to become new world number 1

Azarenka thrashes Sharapova to become new world number 1

Victoria Azarenka won her first grand slam title and became the new world number one when she thrashed a disappointing Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final on Saturday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS MELBOURNE (AFP) - Victoria Azarenka won her first grand slam title and became the new world number one when she thrashed a disappointing Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final on Saturday. The third-seeded Belarusian overpowered Sharapova to win 6-3, 6-0 in 82 minutes to lift the trophy and become women's tennis's fourth first-time grand slam winner in a row. Azarenka came from 0-2 down in the first set to win 12 of the next 13 games for a comprehensive victory as Sharapova's game disintegrated in the face of all-out aggression from the Belarusian. Sharapova made 30 unforced errors, while Azarenka played almost flawlessly at times with only 12 errors across the two sets. Azar...

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