Azarenka doubles up in Miami

Victoria Azarenka has won her second title on the trot, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Miami Open.

Fresh off her stunning victory over Serena Williams at Indian Wells two weeks ago, Azarenka proved her recent upswing is more than just a passing phase.

Kuznetsova did superbly to reach the final this week, handing Serena another defeat in the fourth round, but she proved no match for Azarenka on Saturday.

The Belarusian, a former two-time champion in Miami, claimed her third title of the year and also completed the so-called Sunshine double – winning Indian Wells and Miami – a feat that hasn’t been achieved for 11 years.

It also ensures she will return the world’s top five next week.

While Kuznetsova had her chances in the match, earning four break points throughout and converting three of them, her own troubles meant she was never able to capitalise on any openings.

The Russian found herself under near constant pressure on her own serve, facing 12 break points and finding herself powerless to prevent Azarenka from snaffling seven of them.

By the time the second set rolled around, Azarenka had tightened up her game on her own serve, and two more breaks was all she needed to seal victory.

“I want to dedicate this win to my family, for my parents, who I don’t see very often but my parents taught me some really great things,” Azarenka said afterwards.

“They gave me roots so I always know where I come from and they gave me wings so I can fly, so I can be here. Thank you so much.”

Kuznetsova added: “I’d like to congratulate Victoria for doing such a good job this year and in these four weeks.”

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