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Azarenka wins Australian Open women's title

2012-01-28 10:21:02 GMT2012-01-28 18:21:02(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reacts after winning a point against Russia's Maria Sharapova during the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)

Russia's Maria Sharapova reacts after losing a point to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Sarah Ivey)

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reaches for a return shot to Maria Sharapova of Russia during the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/John Donegan)

MELBOURNE, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Victoria Azarenka from Belarus won her first grand slam title here on Saturday at the Australian Open, beating Russia's Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-0 in the women's singles final.

Azarenka, the third seed, rose to the No. 1 in the WTA rankings due to the victory.

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