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Generation next for women: Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus gives a number one gesture as she holds the trophy for being the top ranked women's tennis player, along the Yarra river in Melbourne.

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus gives a number one gesture as she holds the trophy for being the top ranked women's tennis player, along the Yarra river in Melbourne.

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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