Victoria Azarenka vs Li Na: 2013 Australian Open women’s final live scores, blog

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    2013 Australian Open Live Scores

    Women's Singles, Final

    Melbourne

    V. Azarenka won in 3 sets

     
     
    Finished s1 s2 s3
    Victoria Azarenka,BLR (1) 4 6 6
    Li Na,CHN (6) 6 4 3

    Victoria Azarenka will attempt to become the first woman since Serena Williams to win consecutive Australian Open titles when she takes on Li Na in what should be an enthralling 2013 Australian Open final.

    Join us for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm AEDT.

    Two of the cleanest ball strikers on the WTA tour face off for the right to earn their second career Grand Slam titles.

    Azarenka is the reigning Australian Open champion, while Na possesses a French Open title next to her name.

    On form, this match-up really is a toss of the coin job between two players who have literally raced their way through to the final.

    Na has not dropped a set en route to the Australian Open final and probably deserves favouritism following her dominant 6-2, 6-2 victory over Maria Sharapova in the semi-final.

    Azarenka meanwhile has only dropped one set in the tournament thus far, but her performance in the semi-final against Sloane Stephens caused a lot of controversy.

    Having failed to serve for the match in the second set, Azarenka called for an injury timeout citing breathing difficulties.

    After a ten minute break, Azarenka came back out on court and broke Stephens’ serve to eventually win the match in straight sets.

    Critics however believe Azarenka used the injury timeout as a direct ploy to re-gather her thoughts after ‘choking’ on serve.

    Whatever the reasons behind the incident, it will be interesting to see how Azarenka responds on court against Na in the final.

    Prediction

    Both Azarenka and Na are evenly matched and possess very similar game styles so this final really should go the distance.

    Although Azarenka has won her past four matches against Na, most of those wins have been tight affairs so we should see a more competitive final then last year’s Australian Open decider.

    Azarenka and Na are both brilliant returners of serve and possess arguably the most dominant backhand shots on the WTA tour.

    With both players known for playing aggressive tennis, the result of tonight’s final will largely hinge on which player is able to find their range first.

    Although Azarenka has certainly impressed in her run to the final, Na’s victories over strong favourites Agnieszka Radwańska and Sharapova should give her the confidence necessary to beat the world no. 1 and win the 2013 Australian Open title.

    Na in three sets.

    Alan is one of The Roar's longest serving live bloggers, covering football, tennis and rugby league.

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    • Roar Guru

      10:28pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 10:28pm | ! Report

      Congratulations to Azarenka for winning a classic Aus Open final against Li who battled on very well despite twisting her ankle twice in the match. Azarenka has managed to overcome the controversy from her semi-final and played clutch tennis when it counted to come back from a set down to win in three sets. She is now the new queen of Melbourne Park. Thanks for joining us tonight and join us tomorrow for Djokovic – Murray.

      Azarenka 4 6 6
      Li 6 4 3

    • Roar Guru

      10:24pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 10:24pm | ! Report

      GAME SET AND CHAMPIONSHIP AZARENKA – And after two and a half hours, Azarenka now has a championship point as Li sends her backhand wide. Li sends her backhand long and Azarenka wins back to back Australian Open titles. What a performance!!!!\

      Azarenka 4 6 6
      Li 6 4 3

    • Roar Guru

      10:23pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 10:23pm | ! Report

      Li with another clutch backhand in behind Azarenka and its game point here. Li nets the backhand though and its deuce. Azarenka so close to the finish line here.

      Azarenka 4 6 5
      Li 6 4 3

    • Roar Guru

      10:21pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 10:21pm | ! Report

      Li with a fantastic passing backhand winner after it appeared that Azarenka was in control of that point. 30-15. Azarenka with another crosscourt forehand winner though and its 30 all

      Azarenka 4 6 5
      Li 6 4 3

    • Roar Guru

      10:20pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 10:20pm | ! Report

      Li hits her backhand long and its 0-15. Just the start Azarenka would have wanted. Clutch backhand winner down the line from Li and its 15 all

      Azarenka 4 6 5
      Li 6 4 3

    • Roar Guru

      10:19pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 10:19pm | ! Report

      Great wide serve from Azarenka and she holds and is one game away from winning her second Aus Open title. Can Li hold here?

      Azarenka 4 6 5
      Li 6 4 3

    • Roar Guru

      10:18pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 10:18pm | ! Report

      Li’s backhand return goes long and its deuce. Huge game this one for both players. Azarenka with a clutch forehand winner and its game point now

      Azarenka 4 6 4
      Li 6 4 3

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