Last night in Miami quarterfinals, Marion Bartoli ended Victoria Azarenka’s 26-match winning streak, which included titles in Sydney, Melbourne, Doha, and Indian Wells. However, the world No.1 is not mourning the loss, at least according to her statements on Twitter. She’s motivated to work even harder and prepare for the clay season, but as Tennis.com reports, she will take a long break from the competition, probably until Madrid, the second week of May.
The 26 victories are a great accomplishment, but they did drain the top-seeded Azarenka:
Physically I was just not able to do anything today. It was just not possible. You know, I'm a human, not a super woman. I wish I could be but I'm not.
Aggressive and confident Bartoli defeated Azarenka 6-3 6-3 and ended her 2012 streak, which was the best start to a WTA season since Martina Hingis won 37 in a row in 1997. To honor Azarenka's consistency and success, I've compiled the names of all the players she defeated this season, from rising stars to established champions and solid players of today:
Stefanie Voegele, Jelena Jankovic, Marion Bartoli, Agnieszka Radwanska – four times, Li Na, Heather Watson – twice, Casey Dellacqua, Mona Barthel – three times, Iveta Benesova, Kim Clijsters, Maria Sharapova – twice, Simona Halep, Yanina Wickmayer, Sam Stosur, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Julia Goerges, Angelique Kerber, Dominika Cibulkova, Michaella Krajicek.
Are you sad that the streak is over? Did you enjoy Azarenka's dominance these three months? (photo: © Neal Trousdale)