Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Victoria Azarenka Does Ellen DeGeneres

In all the excitement of Novak Djokovic winning yet another major over the weekend -- and then ripping his shirt off again -- I somehow neglected to mention the impressive victory by Victoria Azarenka, who appeared to be slipping from being the Next Big Thing to the female Andy Murray prior to Saturday. The 22-year-old from Belarus completely dismantled Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 6-0, to win her first Grand Slam title, and overtake the No. 1 ranking. (She's also undefeated this year.) While this is definitely great news, watching Petra Kvitova, Li Na and Samantha Stosur each break through in 2011 only to lose in the first round of the following major doesn't instill a huge amount of confidence in me that Azarenka is truly a force to be reckoned with yet. However, Kvitova has shown signs of bouncing back -- so let's hope Victoria is more Petra than she is Ana Ivanovic. One thing's for sure, however, she's awfully cute with Ellen!

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