Victoria Azarenka won her first Grand Slam title as she defeated Maria Sharapova in the 2012 Australian Open Final 6-3 6-0.
With this win, Azarenka will move to the top of the WTA rankings, overtaking Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.
The 22 year old Belarussian was presented the trophy by Martina Hingis, the five times Grand Slam Champion.
“I guess I made a pretty smart decision not walking out,” said Azarenka after the match.“I’m so glad that I went through everything I had in my career to achieve this goal. There’s always ups and downs.”
Azarenka considered to retire after last year’s tournament in Doha, where she lost in the first round. But reaching the semifinal at Wimbledon, she knew that she is right up there amongst the top players.
Sharapova started the final with a lot of confidence as she got off to a 2-0 lead. But unfortunately for her, Azarenka came storming back and managed to win 12 of the following 13 games.
The Belarussian was more aggresive, dominating most of the baseline rallies. Sharapova’s serve let her down this time and she only managed to win 3 out of 17 points of the second serve.
The Russian was looking to win her fourth Grand Slam title, but will have to wait a bit longer now.
Azarenka beat defending champion Kim Clisters in the semis and Sharapova dismissed Petra Kvitova to book her place in this year’s Australian Open final.