Newly crowned Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka believes women's tennis is in for a fascinating 12 months as a new generation challenges the supremacy of the established stars.

The Belarusian was the fifth different women's Grand Slam winner in a row, and the fourth first-time champion in succession, following Li Na at Roland Garros, Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon and Samantha Stosur at the U.S. Open.

“I think it's a great thing for women's tennis,” Azarenka said. “We have a good rivalry, I would say.

“With Petra we had amazing matches. Unfortunately I haven't beaten her, but I'm really looking forward to that.

“But with Maria playing really well now, you know, Serena (Williams) is back, Kim (Clijsters), I think it's great for women's tennis.

“With Li Na winning a Grand Slam, Sam Stosur winning a Grand Slam, I think it's a great competition and we can really look forward for the women's game. It's at a great level right now.”

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