Victoria Azarenka overcomes Serena Williams for Cincinnati title

Aug. 18, 2013 at 8:19 PM

CINCINNATI, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Victoria Azarenka battled world No. 1 Serena Williams through a close third set Sunday before emerging with the title of the Western & Southern Open.

The second-ranked Azarenka rallied after dropping the first set to dominate the second before going to a tiebreaker in the final set, finally outlasting Williams 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) in a classic 2 1/2-hour struggle.

The Belarusian stormed back in the tiebreaker to win four of the final five points, notching only her third triumph in 15 career meetings with the 16-time Grand Slam titlist Williams.

She also bested the American star in the Doha final in February.

Azarenka was forced into the tiebreaker after Williams rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the third set.

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