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Victoria Azarenka beats Serena Williams in Qatar Open final

  • Outgoing world number one Victoria Azarenka defeated Serena Williams 7-6 2-6 6-3 to win the Qatar Open on Sunday.

    Williams is set to replace Azarenka on top of the WTA rankings later in the day when the new list is released.

    The Belarussian secured a 3-0 lead and finished off Williams with an unreturnable serve in just under two and a half hours in Doha.

    Azarenka’s victory extended her 2013 record to 14-0 and broke a nine-match losing streak against Williams.

    Her only previous victory was in the 2009 Miami final, when she beat Williams 6-3, 6-1.

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