Victoria Azarenka wins Indian Wells

Updated: March 18, 2012, 7:21 PM ET
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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Victoria Azarenka routed Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-3 to win the BNP Paribas Open title on Sunday in the WTA Tour's first final between the No. 1 and No. 2 players since 2008.

Azarenka was awarded $1 million, the richest winner's checks in the tournament's history. Sharapova earned $500,000.

Azarenka broke Sharapova six times in improving her record to 23-0 this year, the best start to a season since Martina Hingis went 37-0 to open 1997. The top-ranked ...

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