Resilient Azarenka rises to occasion

Updated: January 26, 2013, 9:30 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- It felt in some ways like a discordant, minor-key finish to a major. But the trophy is just as shiny.

World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka walked into Rod Laver Arena to defend her Australian Open title knowing the best she could expect from the crowd was ambivalence, thanks to the controversial medical timeout she took at a critical juncture in her semifinal against surging young American Sloane Stephens. Azarenka took a thrashing in both social media and the mainstream ...

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