New mentality works for Azarenka

Updated: April 2, 2011, 5:29 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- The first game of the Sony Ericsson Open women's final was a Russian novel in and of itself.

It consumed 10 minutes and featured two double faults by Maria Sharapova, plus seven unforced errors and three winners. Victoria Azarenka finally secured the break when a Sharapova forehand was stung decidedly long. And a pattern had been established:

Sharapova, as always, seriously swinging for the fences, with Azarenka just trying to hang around ...

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