The final of the Brisbane International was played on Saturday night between the world number 1, Serena Williams and the holder of 2nd place in the rankings, Victoria Azarenka. These two players were the only players in the draw to get a first round bye. Williams then took out Andrea Petkovic, and Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets to get to the semis where she me Maria Sharapova, whom she also took out in straight sets. Azarenka won her second round match with the lost of just four games before coming up against Stephanie Voegele, who managed to take a tie break set off the Belarusian. Jelena Jankovic was Azarenka’s semi final opponent and although the Serb took the first set 6-1, Vika took the next two with ease.
Although the final only took one hour and thirty eight minutes, it was a close fought encounter played at a fast pace. The final score was 6-4 7-5 to the American, mainly because of her serving – she must have been happy that it worked so much better than it did in her semi, where she served 7 double faults and 7 aces. Against Azarenka she served ten aces and no doubles, while the Belarusian’s tally was four aces and six doubles. Serena also outclassed Vika in the winners category – fourteen to three in the first set, but Azarenka won a higher percentage of first serve points and converted more of her break point opportunities. In the second set Williams took the first two games, Vika the next four and then two more for the American to level. She got one final break to lead 6-5 and calmly served out the match for her 58th WTA title – and a great start to the 2014 season.
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