Sunday, April 5, 2009

Azarenka defeats Williams to claim Key Biscayne title

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP)—Rising from her chair following the final changeover, Serene Williams glanced at her skirt and brushed away some lint, trying to look good in defeat.It wasn’t easy. A sore leg and erratic strokes were too much to overcome, and the top-ranked Williams was upset 6-3, 6-1 Saturday by 19-year-old Victoria Azarenka in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open. Williams said her left thigh began bothering her in the quarterfinals, and she also was bothered by a sprained ankle.
“It was a little difficult moving to the left and a little bit to the right,” she said. With a chuckle, she added, “A little forward was also difficult.”
The loss ended Williams’ reign on Key Biscayne. She was bidding for a record sixth women’s title and her third in a row. Instead, she fell to 38-2 in the tournament since 2001, with the only other loss to her sister Venus.
“I’m not that bummed, because I feel like there’s next year,” Williams said. “And then there’s the year after and the year after.”

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