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Williams stuns Azarenka in Madrid final

Ian Horne in WTA 14 May 2012
US Serena Williams celebrates holding her trophy after winning the final match of the Madrid Masters against Belorussian Victoria Azarenka on May 13, 2012 at the Magic Box (Caja Magica) sports complex in Madrid. Williams won 6-1, 6-3. (credit: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images)

Serena Williams clinched the 2012 Mutua Madrid Open title on Sunday with a confident victory over Victoria Azarenka

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Serena Williams capped an incredible week at the Mutua Madrid Open on Sunday with an assured 6-1, 6-3 dismissal of world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. The win serves as a serious reminder that Serena could well be the favourite at the upcoming French Open, and that Azarenka and Maria Sharapova can expect competition from Williams as they slug it out for the top spot in the WTA rankings.

“I think Victoria is the player to beat,” said Williams after her emphatic win. “She has won I don't know how many tournaments this year alone. That's an amazing amount. So if you look at the stats, you just have to put her up there as the player to beat.”

“My whole thing is to play consistently. That's what I've done the last couple weeks - and doing what I do best, which at the end of the day is playing tennis. I belong on a tennis court. That's where I feel amazing.”

Azarenka was gracious in defeat. “She was so much better than me today. I have to give her credit, she's been showing great tennis the whole week,” remarked the Belarusian. “It wasn't going my way today, but things happen. From here I can take the positive things from what I've been doing all week, and then see the clear picture of what I need to improve.”

“Being in the final of such a tournament is a good achievement,” added Azarenka. “It's disappointing to lose today but what can you do, it's done. Tomorrow another tournament starts and I have to think about the positive things and take the best out of this week. I've been playing some great tennis. Today wasn't an example of it, but there's always tomorrow.”

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