Azarenka – Sharapova 6-3 6-1
6-3 6-1 SET and MATCH AZARENKA! The Russian is famous for not giving up no matter what the score is and she proves it once again. However, after she fails to convert any of the three break point chances she earns in the eight game of the second set, Azarenka finally closes out the encounter as she converts her second championship point.
6-3 5-1 Sharapova gets on the scoreboard with a hold to 30. But this has come just a bit late for her and she won’t be very pleased with today’s performance. Vika will get a chance to close out the match on her own serve.
6-3 5-0 Maria can’s say that she didn’t have her chances in today’s match. At 40-15 up, she gets to two break points, but some sloppy groundstrokes let Azarenka back into the game. The Belarussian is a lot better when it comes to converting her chances and doesn’t hesitate to close out the game. She is just one game away from the China Open 2012 victory. Sharapova to serve to stay in the match…
6-3 4-0 BREAK! Both players are still going for every single shot and perhaps this is the reason why we don’t get to see too many long rallies. Most of the points end with either an unforced error or a winner. Unfortunately for Sharapova, she is the one who is misfiring a lot more. She drops her serve once more and it is only a question of time when the Belarusian will close this out. Or is it?
6-3 3-0 The world no.2 dominates the first two points of the third game yet again, just before the top seed Azarenka stages another comeback (needless to say that with a little help from Maria as well). Three missed returns from Sharapova hand Azarenka the game and a 3-0 lead.
6-3 2-0 BREAK! Despite Sharapova finding some big serves, Azarenka deals with them and earns herself yet another two break points at 40-15 up. The Russian holds nerve on both of them, and equals the score at deuce. Vika is unable to convert the third one either, but she seizes the fourth chance to take her opponent’s serve and now she seems to be in full control of this final.
6-3 1-0 Sharapova is trying to start from the beginning and seems to have forgotten the outcome of the first set quickly as she goes 30-0 up on Vika’s serve. However, Azarenka fights her way back into the game and grabs the first game of the second set. Sharapova will have to reduce the number of unforced errors if she wants to take this match into the decider. She produced 20 UEs in the first set (in comparison with Azarenka’s 7)..
6-3 BREAK and SET AZARENKA! A slow start into the game (0-30) is followed by a strong serve and a bullet backhand from the Russian and the score is levelled at 30-30. She earns herself a game point but is unable to capitalise and the Belarussian makes her pay for it as she breaks yet again and takes a one set lead.
5-3 BREAK! Sharapova keeps on fighting and she is definitely starting to find her rhythm. A couple of close misses from Aza and the Russian takes a 30-0 lead in the game. Vika gifts her two break points at 15-40 after double faulting. First one averted with a forehand winner, but Sharapova grabs hold of the second one with an unreachable backhand cross-court. She desperately needs to consolidate the break now…
5-2 Azarenka takes a quick 30-0 lead after the longest rally of the match, with Sharapova putting her forehand just long. The Russian manages to level the score as Vika misses a returen and consequently misfires on the backhand, but a few moments later it’s first set point for Aza at 40-30. Sharapova saves it with possibly her best forehand in the match so far and after some more heavy hitting, the Russian earns herself a game point as she fires antoher forehand winner. She seems to be still interested in this set, closes the gap. But it will be the Belarusian, who will be serving for the set now…
5-1 Sharapova is trying to step up on the returns of serve, taking the ball early. Unfortunately for her, she misses a couple of forehands just wide and Azarenka stamps her authority with another easy hold to 15. Her serve is certainly working a lot better right now, and after just 23 minutes, the Russian will be serving to stay in the set.
4-1 The fifth game saw a one unsuccessful challenge each from both players, with the Russian finally holding serve and keeping her hopes alive in this set.
4-0 Vika is definitely on top of her game, crushing everything that comes her way. A hold to 15 gives her a more than comfortable lead and Sharapova will have to change her way of play if she wants to make this competitive…
3-0 BREAK! Azarenka strikes again, with Sharapova helping her with some more unforced errors. Her serve seems to be a little bit off as well, making life a lot easier for the Belarusian. Does Sharapova feel the pressure, showing some nerves at the start of this match?
2-0 The Belarusian consolidates the brea. Both players are already exchanging some heavy groundstrokes. Azarenka holds for 30 and takes an early lead in the match.
1-0 BREAK! A couple of unforced errors from Sharapova and a double fault hand Azarenka two break point opportunities at 15-40. The Russian averts the first one with a forehand cross-court winner, but the Belarusian takes the second one after Sharapova’s net approach goes wrong..
Sharapova to serve…
The players are just about to warm up for today’s final showdown.
It should be a great final between the world no.1 Azarenka and world no.2 Sharapova.
The Russian dropped only 20 games in total on her way into the final, Azarenka dropped one game more (21).
Live Commentary of the WTA China Open final in Beijing between Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka will commence here in as soon as the players start warming up.
Azarenka leads the head to head against Sharapova with 6-4, having beaten the Russian in this year’s US Open semifinal.