Victoria Azarenka beat Serena Williams 2-6 6-2 7-6 in the finals of the Western and Southern Open on Sunday. The match ran three sets and almost three hours.
Williams, the top-ranked player in the world, praised Azarenka after the match:
We go against each other really tough, so I think, yeah, it’s a good rivalry. I’m number one, she’s number two so we have that rivalry which consists of meeting in the final, which makes it even more so exciting.
I personally was thinking it is a good rivalry and it’s good to have someone out there that can play hard and fight so tough.
She’s a great player. There’s a reason why she’s winning grand slams and doing so well (Reuters).
Azarenka said that her energy wasn’t where she wanted it to be at the start of the match:
I felt like my energy wasn’t maybe there 100 percent at the beginning but that’s what the match is about. It goes up and down, and you battle against somebody and you have an edge or then you don’t have an edge.
That’s what is exciting about that to try to take your opponent to that place where they don’t feel at their best.
Williams’ loss marks only the second time in ten finals this year that she hasn’t won. She’s also never emerged victorious in Cincinnati in her career.