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WTA 2014: All chasing Serena Williams

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- WTA players to watch in 2014 include Li Na, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep but they're all chasing Serena Williams.
List of 2013 sports champions

List of 2013 sports champions

Sports champions for 2013
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Luksika Kumkhum reaches WTA Top 100

Luksika Kumkhum reaches WTA Top 100

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Luksika Kumkhum cracked the WTA Top 100 after collecting her 10th ITF title.
Serena Williams continues run as WTA No. 1-ranked player

Serena Williams continues run as WTA No. 1-ranked player

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Serena Williams' run atop the WTA rankings is likely to last quite a while yet, a situation that will put her in even more historic company.
Win has Van Uytvanck in WTA Top 100

Win has Van Uytvanck in WTA Top 100

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Alison Van Uytvanck won the last WTA tournament of the year for her first tour title and reached the Top 100 in the rankings.
Halep reaches 11th in WTA rankings after sixth win of 2013

Halep reaches 11th in WTA rankings after sixth win of 2013

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Simona Halep, who hadn't won a WTA title until June, now has six championships this year and is close to joining the women's tennis Top 10.
Li Na now third in women's tennis rankings

Li Na now third in women's tennis rankings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Li Na's run at the WTA Championships boosts her to No. 3 in the women's world rankings but it's Serena Williams who sets the pace in women's tennis.
Li unbeaten in group play at WTA Championships

Li unbeaten in group play at WTA Championships

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Li Na completed a round-robin sweep Friday while Petra Kvitova and Jelena Jankovic also earned spots in the semifinals of the WTA Championships in Istanbul.
Serena completes 3-0 run through Championships group play

Serena completes 3-0 run through Championships group play

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Serena Williams completed her sweep through group play of the WTA Championships with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Petra Kvitova.
Serena Williams wins again at WTA Championships

Serena Williams wins again at WTA Championships

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Serena Williams beat third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 2-ranked Victoria Azarenka also lost Wednesday at the WTA Championships in Istanbul.
Kvitova earns upset win at WTA Championships

Kvitova earns upset win at WTA Championships

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Petra Kvitova provided the first upset of the WTA Championships with a tight straight-set win Tuesday over world No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska.
Wozniacki wins but falls to 10th in WTA rankings

Wozniacki wins but falls to 10th in WTA rankings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Caroline Wozniacki won a WTA tournament last week but nonetheless saw her ranking drop Monday to No. 10 in the world.
Kerber's ranking unchanged; she earns WTA Championships invite

Kerber's ranking unchanged; she earns WTA Championships invite

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Angelique Kerber's win at the Generali Ladies Linz tournament doesn't improve her world ranking but did merit an invitation to the WTA Championships.
Kerber's quarterfinal win worth WTA Championship invite

Kerber's quarterfinal win worth WTA Championship invite

LINZ, Austria, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- No. 1-seeded Angelique Kerber had a win Friday that put her in both the semifinals of the Generali Ladies Linz tournament and the WTA Championships.
Voegele opens Ladies Linz tournament with three-set win

Voegele opens Ladies Linz tournament with three-set win

LINZ, Austria, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Stefanie Voegele had a near-perfect third set Monday in gaining a spot in the second round of the Generali Ladies Linz WTA tennis tournament in Austria.
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Victoria Azarenka
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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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