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Victoria Azarenka is now bidding to capture her second Grand Slam and fifth WTA title of the year. As that record suggests, the Belarusian has been in tremendous form. She did however, lose two consecutive finals one to Maria Sharapova and the other to a rampant Serena Williams.
The World No.1 had started the year brilliantly when she won the Sydney International beating French open champion Li Na in the final. She followed that win with her first Grand Slam victory at the Australian Open. By doing that, she became the first-ever player to jump from World No.3 to World No.1 directly. She continued to play like a champion in the following months as she won the WTA title at Doha and then at Indian Wells too. She did however, lose in the quarterfinal of the Miami Sony Ericsson Open to Marion Bartoli. She then lost to arch-rival Maria Sharapova in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. At the Madrid Masters, Azarenka did really well, after getting a tough draw to reach the final. In the finl though, she was completely out muscled by Serena Williams as she humbled her in two sets. Then in Rome last week Azarenka pulled out through injury in the second round. Her win-loss record is at 37-3 this year.
After struggling in the first round, the Belarusian seems to have returned to her best as she absolutely thrashed Dinah Pfizenmaier in her second round match 6-1, 6-1. Then in the third round she went past the talented Aleksandra Wozniak 6-4, 6-4.
Her opponent today is 16th ranked Dominika Cibulkova. The Slovak has had a disappoiniting year so far, and her best result came in Brussels recently where she reached the quarterfinal. In the years’ only Grand Slam up until now, she only reached the second round. Her win-loss record stands at 16-14 in the year.
The Slovak has been rampant in the tournament so far, she has only dropped eight games in the entire tournament and won her last match 6-2, 6-1 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain.
Azarenka has been dominant in their past meetings and has a 7 to 1 record up until now.
TennisEarth picks an easy win for the World No.1 Azarenka once again.
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