World No. 10 Victoria Azarenka showed no signs of nerves in her first Premier-level final as she defeated No. 1 Serena Williams 6-3, 6-1 on Saturday to deny the American an all-time record sixth Sony Ericsson Open title.
Her success at the Sony Ericsson Open will see Azarenka rise from No. 10 to a career-high No. 8 in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings on Monday.
“I was so happy,” said Azarenka. “It was the biggest win of my career so far. I was just so happy to finish that match, because I was getting a little bit nervous in the end.”
In the lead-up to Saturday’s final, Azarenka had surrendered just one set in five matches – enjoying straight sets wins over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, No. 22 seed Anna Chakvetadze, No. 25 Agnes Szavay and Samantha Stosur before battling past 2006 champion and eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semifinal.
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