Victoria Azarenka became the queen of the Generali Ladies 2012 WTA tournament in Linz after an up and down match against Julia Goerges.
World No.1 Azarenka, who had an easiest of semifinals against Begu yesterday, broke fifth seed Goerges in the opening game of their Linz final encounter, indicating what or who the first set will be about. No real response from the 19th-ranked German as she did not make this year’s Australian Open conqueror defend any break balls at all. On the other hand, the efficient Belarusian converted her second break point of the set to tuck away the opener.
Two different stories in the set number two. Goerges was unable to disrupt Azarenka’s rhythm and was thrashed around by the top seed player who seemed to have gone beyond the German’s reach with a five straight games run. Goerges was in a knock-down and Azarenka was probably formulating her championship winner’s speech by then, yet she was not entitled to celebrate just yet. Some glimpses of hope for the German as she won two straight games before facing a triple match point on her serve at 5-2. She escaped the scare and saved another championship point to annul Azarenka’s double break lead two games later.
One more twist in a plot as Azarenka came back to life just in time to claim her Linz crown with the final break of the tournament. She obtained her 14th WTA title with a 6-3, 6-4 end result after one hour and eighteen minutes of play. Apart from scoring no aces (Goerges 3), the rest of the statistics was on the Belarusian’s side.