Doha Gallery: Vika, Queen Of Doha
Not only did Victoria Azarenka defend her Qatar Total Open title last week, she sent a clear message that the fight for No.1 is far from over. See all the best pics from the finals right here.
Published Feburary 18, 2013 12:00
Finals Day at the Qatar Total Open began with Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci's doubles triumph.
Errani and Vinci have now won three WTA tournaments in a row and are on 14-match winning streak.
Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik were runners-up. Petrova is up to No.3 in doubles this week.
Victoria Azarenka stepped out onto center court at the Qatar Total Open for the singles final.
There were fans for both sides of the singles final in the crowds - like this Serena Williams fan.
Azarenka saved a set point in the first set tie-break when Williams missed a forehand pass...
Azarenka would take that first set and build an early and important 3-0 lead in the final set.
Azarenka completed a 76(6) 26 63 win over Williams then gave a hand to the incredible Doha crowd.
The No.1 ranking was already going to shift from Williams to Azarenka, but Azarenka won this battle.
Azarenka's victory was even more resonant given she had lost nine times in a row to Williams.
Azarenka, now a champion in 2012 and 2013, is the third two-time winner in Doha's 13-year history.
The only other two-time champions at the tournament are Anastasia Myskina and Maria Sharapova.
Azarenka signed some autographs on the way out of center court after her big championship triumph.
Azarenka, who is still unbeaten this season - 14-0 now - posed with the trophy after the final.
Azarenka will try to carry that momentum into Dubai this coming week, where she is the No.1 seed.