Sydney Gallery: Vika Shines In Prime Time
Victoria Azarenka lifted her game when it mattered to edge Li Na under the lights in Sydney.
Published January 15, 2012 12:00
The stage was set for the Apia International Sydney final between Victoria Azarenka and Li Na.
Victoria Azarenka had lost four of her previous six meetings against Li Na, but came out swinging.
Li Na shrugged after losing the first set of Friday night's final, 6-2. But it would turn around...
Li Na took the second set, 6-1, but Victoria Azarenka rebounded to take the deciding set, 6-3.
Victoria Azarenka and Li Na met at the net after Azarenka beat the Chinese trailblazer, 62 16 63.
Victoria Azarenka lifted the fifth Premier-level title of her career, and ninth overall WTA title.
Victoria Azarenka came into Sydney an even 8-8 in WTA finals and left the tournament at 9-8.
Li Na also came into Sydney with an even WTA finals record, 5-5, leaving the tournament at 5-6.
Later in the night, Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik won the doubles title, saving match point.
Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik beat Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond in a nail-biting final.