2
0
1

2013 Season In Review: Part I

Victoria Azarenka started 2013 with a bang, but it was Serena Williams leading the way by the time the WTA prepared to embark on the European clay court season.

Published November 11, 2013 12:02

2013 Season In Review: Part I
Victoria Azarenka

Following Serena Williams' stellar second half of 2012, the expectation was that she would continue to dominate when the tennis world sprung into life again Down Under in January.

However, just as it had 12 months earlier, the opening stanza belonged to Victoria Azarenka.

While preparation for her Australian Open defense did not go entirely according to plan - a freak toe injury forced her out of Brisbane - once in Melbourne everything began to fall in place. Showing grit, big-match temperament and no little skill, she overcame a few tricky hurdles, most notably an inspired Sloane Stephens in the semifinals, before winning an early contender for match of the season in the final against Li Na.

And the wins kept coming as the tour made its whistle-stop tour of the Middle East, with an imperious week in Doha, ending in another epic victory, this time against Williams.

Azarenka, though, was not the only player to enjoy a fruitful start to the season. Elsewhere, Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska, Mona Barthel and Petra Kvitova all tasted success at Premier level events in Brisbane, Sydney, Paris and Dubai, respectively.

For Williams, this was a sign of things to come, but as the tour moved stateside it was time for another of the game's major players to take centre stage. Following a surprisingly one-sided loss to Li Na in Melbourne, Maria Sharapova did not resurface until Indian Wells in March.

Since being crowned champion as a teenager back in 2006, Sharapova had suffered a number of near misses at tennis' 'fifth' major. This time, however, she was not to be denied, romping home to the title without dropping a set.

The Russian was unable to repeat the trick in Miami, where she ran into her nemesis, Williams, in the final.

Unlike recent meetings between the two, the Miami final was a hotly contested affair, with the American - who had by now overtaken Azarenka to become the oldest No.1 in WTA history - weathering an early storm to prevail end 2013's opening chapter in fine style.

Share this page!

Related news

  • Serena Gets Revenge On Garbiñe

    January 26, 2015
    Serena Williams overcame a massive threat in Melbourne on Monday - the WTA Rising Star who dealt her the worst Grand Slam loss of her career at last year's French Open.
  • Another Grand Slam QF For Makarova

    January 25, 2015
    Ekaterina Makarova was just too solid for Julia Goerges over on Margaret Court Arena, moving smoothly through to her sixth quarterfinal in the last 13 Grand Slams.
  • Goerges Back In The Big Time

    January 23, 2015
    Julia Goerges held her nerve to get into the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time in two years. Up next for the former World No.15 is a former World No.10.
To The Top
3