Former world number one Sharapova made 43 unforced errors,giving more points to Azarenka. Sharapova made a comeback in the second set when she saved two championship points at 5-3.
Then Sharapova broke Azarenka for the fourth time, when the Belarussian double faulted on break point, to move within a game at 5-4. But Azarenka produced a backhang winner down the line to set up her third championship point and finally clinched the title.
Azarenka’s victory, her sixth career title, will lift her to sixth in the world
rankings next week—equalling her career best standing.
This is 0-3 finals for Sharapova at Key Biscayne.
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