World No.1 Victoria Azarenka barely broke a sweat all week at the China Open, including the Sunday’s final against world No.2 Maria Sharapova, to claim the $848,000 prize and her fifth title of the season (after Sydney, Australian Open, Doha and Indian Wells). Alize Cornet won just one game against Azarenka, 6-1 6-0 in the first round, Sabine Lisicki fell 6-4 6-2 in the second, Elena Vesnina 6-3 6-3 in the third, Romina Oprandi 6-2 6-0 in the quarterfinals, ninth seed Marion Bartoli 6-4 6-2 in the semis and second seed Maria Sharapova 6-3 6-1 in the final. You can’t ask for a better run to a WTA title, let alone a Premier Mandatory one.
For the amazing third time in the hardcourt finals this year, Azarenka thrashed Sharapova. In the Australian Open final she beat her 6-3 6-0, in the Indian Wells final 6-2 6-3 and today the score was alike. Truth be said, both players had a negative differential of winners to unforced errors, but Azarenka was much better with -7 compared to Sharapova’s -21, which included 39 unforced errors.
Azarenka has Linz and the WTA Championships left on the schedule for 2012, while Sharapova will focus just on the WTA Championships. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)