Saturday, 14 January 2012

Azarenka wins in Sydney, Barthel also victorious

Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka and Mona Barthel won the warm-up tournaments for the Australian Open in Sydney and Hobart respectively.  Azarenka beat Li Na, 6-2 1-6 6-3 in an intriguing, yet error-strewn contest.  Azarenka was the more consistent player in the final set as Li produced far too many errors.  It was a competitive final though like many of the matches have been this week in Sydney.  In Hobart, the qualifier Mona Barthel completed a magical week as she annihilated Yanina Wickmayer, 6-1 6-2 in the final.  Barthel had previously beaten Anabel Medina Garrigues, Jarmila Gajdosova and Angelique Kerber; in the semi-final she bageled Kerber in the first set allowing her just 8 points! Barthel really looks like the real deal and has a favourable draw to the third round at the Australian Open.  The only worry is whether she has anything left in the tank after playing a staggering eight matches in eight days.

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