Azarenka beats Stephens, into final

Yahoo!7 January 24, 2013, 5:24 pm

Victoria Azarenka has the chance to win consecutive Australian Open titles after beating teen Sloane Stephens and moving into the final.

Stephens came into the semi final as a star on the rise having beaten her idol Serena Williams yesterday.

But in sweltering conditions the world No.1 proved too good for the young American, taking the match in straight sets, 6-1 6-4.

The defending champion breezed through the first set but had a lot of trouble sealing it in the second.

She served for the match at 5-3 and had five match points but could not put them away with Stephens breaking.

Azarenka was then forced to take a medical timeout for a back issue but came back moving freely.She immediately broke Stephens to take the set and the match.The Belarusian plays Li Na in the decider on Saturday night after the Chinese star accounted for Maria Sharapova earlier in the day.More to come.

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  1. tootruetotell12:21am Friday 25th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I never saw this match-come to think of it I never see any of the women's matches

  2. Colin06:54pm Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    What a shame Sloane did not win , it would have been a great game to watch,unfortunately I wont see the final now as I refuse to listen to grunters.

  3. Tony06:30pm Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I don`t see the need for Azarenka to be continuing her grotesk noises into the time when the other player is playing the shots. That is nothing more than a strategy to put the other player off. Well, it has worked again for her. All the best for Sloan in the future.

  4. TJ06:25pm Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I know being popular in a foreign land isnt her most pressing goal so I am sure she is not worried if she turned a few people off with her antics today. As far as I am concerned if the Tennis Australia Committee allow this behaviour then they will be the ones who lose out. If she was injured she did not seem it and when asked what was wrong after she came back and won the match all she hinted at was that she was upset and needed to gain her composure... so where was the "second medical timeout" justified? Stephens may not have won today but she won a lot of fans. She still may have lost the match but today she was beaten by the rules allowing her opponent to squeal when hitting the ball and use timeouts to close out the match. I stopped supporting Cricket Australia 2 years ago and will not support them while Michael Clarke is at the helm, and will not support Tennis Australia now until they fix this behaviour.

  5. Darryl06:07pm Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    When will the powers that be stop allowing these Tennis players to call time out whenever they are in a tight spot?? Surely it is cheating and making their opponent who is on a roll. sit and wait while they, the cheats regain their composure and take away the opponents advantage.

  6. alienconcepts06:00pm Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    oh so close to a quiet grand finale ..... a pity slippery sloane ( serene slayer) could not back up ... despite running her opponent to injury like she did to Serena ... blame the idiot media for exhausting the youngster

  7. kenny05:49pm Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    That match was alot closer than the scoreboard shows.

  8. Gwen05:39pm Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    To win by faking an illness is no win at all

  9. Margaret05:36pm Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    in her post match interview Azarenka implied she had been overcome at the thought of loosing her match so was the "injury" time out just a con to give her time to regain her composure ? She didn't seem to be injured when she came back !

  10. Thanh05:32pm Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    should give the american youngster some credit. Thats 5 match point save was incredible. Great talent