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Sharapova, Jankovic bounced from Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Fourth-round upsets Monday dropped former No. 1-ranked Maria Sharapova and Jelena Jankovic from the Australian Open.
Ana Ivanovic ousts No. 1 Serena Williams at Australian Open

Ana Ivanovic ousts No. 1 Serena Williams at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Ana Ivanovic snapped Serena Williams' 25-match winning streak with a stunning three-set upset of the world's No. 1-ranked player Sunday at the Australian Open.
Muguruza continues surprising run at Australian Open

Muguruza continues surprising run at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova both won third-round matches Saturday and Garbine Muguruza continued her strong play at the Australian Open.
Serena Williams notches record-setting win at Australian Open

Serena Williams notches record-setting win at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- No. 1-ranked Serena Williams set a tournament record and ran her overall winning streak to 24 matches Friday with a third-round Australian Open victory.
Sharapova wins 10-8 in third set at Australian Open

Sharapova wins 10-8 in third set at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- No. 3-seeded Maria Sharapova played for nearly 3 1/2 hours in the hottest part of the day Thursday before claiming a second-round win at the Australian Open.
Azarenka, Sharapova move to second round in Australia

Azarenka, Sharapova move to second round in Australia

MELBOURNE, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka overcame a slow start but won her first-round match in straight sets Tuesday at the Australian Open.
WTA titles boost Pironkova, Muguruza in rankings

WTA titles boost Pironkova, Muguruza in rankings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Tsvetana Pironkova and Garbine Muguruza made solid gains this week in the women's world tennis rankings after picking up their first WTA titles.
Serena Williams posts solid first-round win in Australia

Serena Williams posts solid first-round win in Australia

MELBOURNE, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- No. 1-ranked Serena Williams cruised through a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Ashleigh Barty Monday, beginning her quest for a sixth Australian Open title.
Azarenka could face three Top 5 players in Melbourne

Azarenka could face three Top 5 players in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Three Top 5 players are potentially ahead for Victoria Azarenka in her quest for a third consecutive Australian Open title.
Nadal, Serena named top seeds in Australia

Nadal, Serena named top seeds in Australia

MELBOURNE, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams were named the No. 1 seeds Thursday for the first major tennis championship of the year -- the Australian Open.
Sharapova passes Li for third spot in WTA Rankings

Sharapova passes Li for third spot in WTA Rankings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova lost in the semifinals and Li Na won a tournament but Sharapova still moves ahead of Li in the WTA rankings, which were updated Monday.
Serena Williams tops Azarenka in Brisbane final

Serena Williams tops Azarenka in Brisbane final

BRISBANE, Australia, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Serena Williams defended her Brisbane International championship with a 6-4, 7-5 win Saturday over second-ranked Victoria Azarenka.
Serena Williams, Azarenka to meet in Brisbane final

Serena Williams, Azarenka to meet in Brisbane final

BRISBANE, Australia, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Serena Williams will take on Victoria Azarenka in a 1-2 rankings matchup in the final of the Brisbane International tennis tournament.
Serena Williams to meet Sharapova in Brisbane semis

Serena Williams to meet Sharapova in Brisbane semis

BRISBANE, Australia, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova won quarterfinal matches at the Brisbane International Thursday to set up the first blockbuster tennis match of 2014.
Azarenka takes quick second-round WTA win in Brisbane

Azarenka takes quick second-round WTA win in Brisbane

BRISBANE, Australia, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- World No. 2-ranked Victoria Azarenka began her 2014 campaign with a straight-set, second-round win Wednesday at the Brisbane International tennis tournament.
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Victoria Fiodorovna Azarenka (Belarusian: Вікторыя Азарэнка, Азаранка, Russian: Виктория Фёдоровна Азаренко; born 31 July 1989) is a Belarusian professional tennis player who, as of 22 March 2009, is ranked World Number 7. Azarenka has won two mixed doubles Grand Slam titles — 2007 US Open with Max Mirnyi and 2008 French Open with Bob Bryan. She has also won three singles titles, all in 2009.

Her move to Scottsdale from Minsk, Belarus was aided by National Hockey League goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and his wife, who is a friend of Azarenka's mother. In 2009 she posed in the French edition of FHM

Azarenka is an aggressive baseliner. She is known for her well timed and powerful groundstrokes. Her best shot is her backhand which is regarded as one of the strongest currently in the women's game. She can be effective at net, as her drive volley is one of the best in the women's game. Her main weakness is considered to be her serve, lacking both power and stability. Her forehand can also sometimes break down and produce unforced errors, although this has improved over the years.

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