Victoria Azarenka http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25294/all en Tennis-Azarenka's run could face another Williams test http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/tennis-azarenkas-run-could-face-another-williams-test <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Greg Stutchbury</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka had a fairytale year in 2012, opening with a red-hot 26-match win streak and capturing four successive titles, including her first grand slam at the Australian Open.</p> <p>She finished the year with six tournament victories, clinched the world number one ranking and won the bronze medal in singles and gold in mixed doubles at the London Olympics.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/tennis-azarenkas-run-could-face-another-williams-test" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Interest Maria Sharapova Tennis Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 07:30:18 +0000 5733007 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis-Life tougher at the top, says Azarenka http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/tennis-life-tougher-at-the-top-says-azarenka <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Ransom</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka will carry her world number one ranking with pride in the defence of her Australian Open title, but knows she faces a grim task preventing Serena Williams seizing both.</p> <p>Williams, red-hot over the past six months, won the season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul and promptly took a dig at the Belarusian, declaring herself the true number one.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/tennis-life-tougher-at-the-top-says-azarenka" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Serena Williams Tennis Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka Thomson Reuters Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:30:27 +0000 5733524 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis-Azarenka continues to ignore keeping tabs on draw http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/tennis-azarenka-continues-ignore-keeping-tabs-draw <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Simon Cambers</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Top seed Victoria Azarenka maintains she avoids studying the progress of her rivals at major tournaments but news of a possible injury to Australian Open favourite Serena Williams certainly piqued her interest.</p> <p>After opening the defence of her title with a 6-1 6-4 win over Romania's Monica Niculescu on Tuesday, the Belarussian was asked if she had heard that Williams suffered a scare early in the American's 6-0 6-0 thrashing of Edina Gallovits-Hall.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/tennis-azarenka-continues-ignore-keeping-tabs-draw" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Serena Williams Tennis Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 07:00:24 +0000 5734554 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Tennis-Azarenka survives scare against injured Hampton http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/tennis-azarenka-fends-hampton-reach-fourth-round <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Champion forced to dig deep against American</p> <p>* Hampton first to take set off top six seeds (Writes through with quotes, adds byline)</p> <p>By Ian Ransom</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Defending champion Victoria Azarenka survived a huge scare from an injury-hampered Jamie Hampton, coming back from a break down in the deciding set to win 6-4 4-6 6-2 and reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/tennis-azarenka-fends-hampton-reach-fourth-round" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Tennis Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka Thomson Reuters Sat, 19 Jan 2013 02:45:15 +0000 5736490 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Tennis-Azarenka rocks past Vesnina to beat of new song http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/tennis-azarenka-reasserts-authority-ease-quarters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Azarenka steps up from rusty third round performance</p> <p>* Good music equals good play, says world number one (adds details, quotes)</p> <p>By Greg Stutchbury</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - An unreleased track by American DJ GoonRock helped Victoria Azarenka get back to her ruthless best at the Australian Open on Monday, the defending champion dispatching Elensa Vesnina in less than an hour to advance to the quarter-finals.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/tennis-azarenka-reasserts-authority-ease-quarters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caroline Wozniacki LMFAO Tennis Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 04:45:03 +0000 5737079 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Tennis-Azarenka wears down Kuznetsova to make semis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/tennis-azarenka-beats-stubborn-kuznetsova-make-semi-finals <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Ransom</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Defending champion Victoria Azarenka won a first-set war of attrition before crushing Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5 6-1 to march into the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday.</p> <p>The world number one was pushed to the wall by the 27-year-old Russian, who played more like a two-time grand slam winner than her current world No. 75 ranking.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/tennis-azarenka-beats-stubborn-kuznetsova-make-semi-finals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maria Sharapova Svetlana Kuznetsova Technology Tennis Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 02:30:20 +0000 5738124 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Tennis-Azarenka overcomes stubborn Stephens to make final http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/tennis-azarenka-ends-stephens-run-make-australian-open-final <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds details, quotes)</p> <p>* Azarenka suffers troubling injuries</p> <p>* Stephens saves five match points</p> <p>By Greg Stutchbury</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka brought Sloane Stephens's Melbourne Park fairytale to an end on Thursday, overcoming injury niggles and an attack of nerves to advance to the Australian Open final against China's Li Na.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/tennis-azarenka-ends-stephens-run-make-australian-open-final" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Li Na Maria Sharapova Tennis Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 07:00:28 +0000 5738688 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis-Azarenka comes through panic attack to set up Li final http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/tennis-azarenka-comes-through-panic-attack-set-li-final <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Nick Mulvenney</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Defending champion Victoria Azarenka suffered a panic attack trying to close out her Australian Open semi-final against American teenager Sloane Stephens on Thursday and needed a long medical timeout before setting up a final against Li Na.</p> <p>Immovable object Li had earlier laid waste to the supposedly irresistible force of Maria Sharapova on a blazing hot day on Rod Laver Arena to reach her second Melbourne Park final.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/tennis-azarenka-comes-through-panic-attack-set-li-final" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova Tennis Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 07:45:04 +0000 5738694 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Tennis-No final fairytale for Stephens as Azarenka advances http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/update-2-tennis-no-final-fairytale-stephens-azarenka-advances <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Azarenka suffers troubling injuries</p> <p>* Stephens saves five match points (Recasts, writes through)</p> <p>By Greg Stutchbury</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka brought Sloane Stephens's Melbourne Park fairytale to an end on Thursday, setting up an Australian Open final against Li Na, but the defending champion came under fire for taking an injury timeout just as her nerves appeared to desert her.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/update-2-tennis-no-final-fairytale-stephens-azarenka-advances" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Health Serena Williams Tennis Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:00:51 +0000 5738714 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis-Azarenka in the dock as gamesmanship rears its ugly head http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/tennis-azarenka-the-dock-gamesmanship-rears-its-ugly-head <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Simon Cambers</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Was it gamesmanship or a genuine misunderstanding?</p> <p>The murky issue of cheating reared its ugly head at the Australian Open on Thursday as world number one Victoria Azarenka took a controversial timeout on the verge of her semi-final victory against American teenager Sloane Stephens.</p> <p>Leading by a set and 5-4, the defending champion had just missed five match points when she took a 10-minute timeout, leaving her teenage opponent to sit and wait.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/tennis-azarenka-the-dock-gamesmanship-rears-its-ugly-head" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Elena Dementieva Tennis Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:15:50 +0000 5738727 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis-Azarenka timeout not a factor in loss, says Stephens http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/tennis-azarenka-timeout-not-factor-loss-says-stephens <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Ransom</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - A gracious Sloane Stephens said Victoria Azarenka's lengthy medical time-out had not been a factor in her Australian Open semi-final loss on Thursday.</p> <p>World number one Azarenka won 6-1 6-4 but attracted accusations of gamesmanship from former tennis players and pundits for leaving the court for nearly 10 minutes after blowing five match points.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/tennis-azarenka-timeout-not-factor-loss-says-stephens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tennis Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:15:55 +0000 5738728 at http://www.globalpost.com WRAPUP 1-Tennis-Djokovic dominates after Azarenka controversy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/wrapup-1-tennis-djokovic-dominates-after-azarenka-controversy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Djokovic thrashes Ferrer to go into final</p> <p>* Azarenka caught in controversy over timeout</p> <p>* Li reaches her second Australian final</p> <p>By Nick Mulvenney</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic installed himself as red-hot favourite for a third straight Australian Open title with a semi-final demolition of David Ferrer on Thursday after Victoria Azarenka had controversially set up a final against Li Na.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/wrapup-1-tennis-djokovic-dominates-after-azarenka-controversy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Novak Djokovic Tennis Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:30:34 +0000 5738771 at http://www.globalpost.com PREVIEW-Tennis-Azarenka faces headwinds in back-to-back bid http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/preview-tennis-azarenka-faces-headwinds-back-back-bid <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Ransom</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Accused of gamesmanship and dogged by injury, Victoria Azarenka's bid for successive Australian Open titles on Saturday will pit her against an opponent in the form of her life and a centre-court crowd wary of any hint of bad sportsmanship.</p> <p>The Belarusian will take on sixth seed Li Na, who has not dropped a set all tournament and boosted her sky-high confidence further by demolishing last year's finalist Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-2 in the semi-finals.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/preview-tennis-azarenka-faces-headwinds-back-back-bid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Clijsters Li Na Tennis Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:30:36 +0000 5739250 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis-Azarenka eyes second straight Australian Open crown http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/tennis-azarenka-eyes-second-straight-australian-open-crown <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Ransom</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Defending champion Victoria Azarenka will bid for back-to-back titles at Melbourne Park on Saturday when she takes on China's late-blooming Li Na in the final of the Australian Open.</p> <p>The 23-year-old Belarusian holds a 5-4 career record against former French Open champion Li, including the last four of their encounters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/tennis-azarenka-eyes-second-straight-australian-open-crown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Clijsters Tennis Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:15:39 +0000 5739502 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Tennis-Azarenka levels Australian Open final http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/tennis-chinas-li-takes-first-set-australian-open-final <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Azarenka levels match at one set all</p> <p>* Chinese suffers ankle injury in second set (updates after second set)</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka levelled the Australian Open final against China's Li Na at one set all after she took advantage of a painful-looking ankle injury to the Chinese to take the second set 6-4.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/tennis-chinas-li-takes-first-set-australian-open-final" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Li Na Li Na Tennis Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka Thomson Reuters Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:00:25 +0000 5739780 at http://www.globalpost.com