Victoria Azarenka Wins 2012 Australian Open
[CHICAGO - Jan. 28, 2012] - Twenty-two year old Belarusian Victoria Azarenka won her first ever Grand Slam title last night in Melbourne, defeating Russia's Maria Sharapova 6-3 6-0 in the women's singles final of the Australian Open. The dynamic showdown, gives Azarenka the WTA world no. 1 ranking - a much-deserved accolade for the player who demonstrated nothing but determination and dominance throughout the 2-set match.
Using her Wilson Juice™100 racket, Azarenka used her firepower to defeat Sharapova soundly, who had won the tournament four years ago. After having her serve broken in the opening game and being down 2-0, Azarenka's power and endurance prevailed to take 12 of the next 13 games and the match away from Sharapova.
Since switching to Wilson and its Juice racket, Azarenka is 12-0 and undefeated in 2012. Her run at the Australian Open was also highlighted by her win over defending champion Kim Clijsters in the semifinals, after claiming the Sydney International title prior to the Grand Slam tournament.
"We are tremendously proud of Vika and could not have asked for a better way to showcase the power of our new Juice racket than her performance here in Melbourne," said Renaud Vallon, global tour director of Wilson Racquet Sports. "It is phenomenal to see her achieve her goal of winning a Grand Slam title. She has done everything necessary to get to this point in her tennis career and has an incredibly bright future."
Azarenka's win also gives Wilson more Grand Slam titles than any other brand with over 500 under its belt in its iconic history in the sport.
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