MIAMI: The two-time Open champion Victoria Azarenka Australia captured his third title of the WTA Miami Open on Sunday by defeating twice Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-2 in the final.
Azarenka, the trophy was also won in 2009 and 2011, won his title of his career 20 and the third the year after Brisbane in January and two weeks ago in Indian Wells, where he defeated top-ranked Serena Williams in the final.
“I have many memories here,” Azarenka said. “It’s always a pleasure to come here. Tennis is incredible hot this month.”
The 26-year-old from Belarus became the third woman to sweep the Indian Wells-Miami double in the same season, after Steffi Graf in 1994 and 1996 and Kim Clijsters in 2005.
Azarenka will jump from eighth to fifth in the world rankings on Monday, his first in the top five since March 2014.
Azarenka dedicated the title to her parents, Alla and Fedor, saying. “I got to know the roots of where I come from and wings to fly, so I could be here”
Kuznetsova, the 2006 champion Miami, will jump from 19 to 13 in the world rankings next week.
Azarenka won its fourth meeting in a row of more than 30 years old, Kuznetsova without dropping a set to take a 5-4 lead in the race rivalry.
Azarenka broke Kuznetsova five times in the first set, including the final game when the Russian sent a forehand wide to hand the set after 40 minutes.