Sharapova defeats Azarenka in Porsche Finale
Monday, April 30, 2012
Yesterday, in a re-match of the 2012 Germany.championship final, knocked off top-seeded 6-1, 6-4 to win the tournament in ,
The first set lasted only 30 minutes, and Sharapova broke Azarenka's serve to go ahead 4-3 in the second set and closed it out with an ace.
For Sharapova, who improves to 22-4, it was her firsttitle of the year and 25th of her career. Azarenka had won the four previous matches against Sharapova. Sharapova said she mainly entered the tournament as a warm up for the , which begins on May 27. Like the French Open, the Porsche Grand Prix tournament uses s as well.
Azarenka falls to 29-2 on the year, and suffered a wrist injury at the start of the second set that limited her playing ability. She will, however, maintain her No. 1 world ranking.
"I am really pleased to win such a tough tournament, against such tough opponents," said Sharapova, before collecting the white sports car donated by the sponsor. "Victoria could not perform at her best because of her injury."
"Obviously I’m not happy I lost in the final, but congratulations to Maria, she did a really good job this week," Azarenka said. "It was still a good week for me. I was really happy to come to Stuttgart and I hope to do better next year."
This event marked Radwanska's fifth loss of the year, all of which have come while playing against Azarenka. Sharapova earned roughly87,000 ( 115,000) and a brand new white sports car for this victory.
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- Jeff Musall. "Azarenka, Sharapova to Meet in Stuttgart Final: Fan Take" — , April 28, 2012
- (ap). "No. 1 Azarenka vs No. 2 Sharapova in Germany final" — , April 28, 2012
- (ap). "Victoria Azarenka waltzes into final" — , April 28, 2012