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Victoria Azarenka claims Sydney title

Updated: January 13, 2012, 8:00 AM ET
Associated Press

SYDNEY -- Victoria Azarenka of Belarus overcame a second-set lapse Friday to beat 2011 champion Li Na 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 for the Sydney International singles title.

While much of the focus in Sydney had been on the battle for the No. 1 ranking between current holder Caroline Wozniacki and No. 2 Petra Kvitova, Azarenka consolidated her No. 3 ranking and indicated she'll be a threat in Melbourne for the Australian Open title beginning Monday.

After games had stayed on serve until ...

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