Victoria Azarenka took a thrashing from both the media and fans. But in the end, she blocked out all the negativity to win the Australian Open.
Victoria Azarenka took a thrashing from the media and from fans. But in the end, she blocked out all the negativity to win the Australian Open.
We're still not quite sure why Victoria Azarenka left the court for so long in a controversial win over Sloane Stephens. We just know, it smells like gamesmanship.
Sloane Stevens, two months shy of her 20th birthday, appeared as stunned as anyone in the moments after upsetting third-seeded Serena Williams, who hadn't lost a match since late August.
After getting off to a fast start, it took American Sloane Stephens three sets to finally put away Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski 6-1, 3-6, 7-5.
Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka stumbled briefly, but recovered and rolled against Monica Niculescu. Time will tell if Serena Williams recovers fully from a rolled ankle suffered in her 6-0, 6-0 win.
The bond between a player and a coach doesn't last forever. But will a new voice help the likes of James Blake and Victoria Azarenka in 2010?
The 2009 tennis season presented its share of thrills, spills, fulfillment and futility. With that, we give you our 2009 WTA awards.