|Nationality||Player||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3||Set 4||Set 5|
- - AZARENKA 6-3 6-0 - GAME, SET & MATCH - Wow! Flawless tennis from Azarenka as she sends another forehand down the line, Sharapova this time getting to it but can only manage to hit it back into the net.
- - AZARENKA IS THE NEW AUSTRALIAN OPEN CHAMPION AND WORLD NUMBER ONE!
- - AZARENKA 6-3 5-0 40-0 – Sharapova finds a forehand winner down the line to take a first point against the Azarenka serve before a bit of luck for Sharapova, with a net cord helping her to the perfect drop shot. It brings up a break point but she fails to take advantage by hitting a backhand down the line into the net. And a wide serve from Azarenka followed by a forehand winner down the line and its CHAMPIONSHIP POINT TO AZARENKA ...
- - Azarenka is about to serve for the title, and the world number one ranking, after the change of ends ...
- - AZARENKA 6-3 5-0 – BREAK – Sharapova challenges a cross court forehand that was called out, to be proven correct. They replay the point and Sharapova takes it to level up at 15-15. Another poor call, this time against Azarenka results in another replaying of a point, although the Belarusian argues it should have been her point. She deals with it well though, smiling to herself after losing the argument. She earns herself yet another break point and gets it when Sharapova hits long once again.
- - AZARENKA 6-3 4-0 – Another huge hold of serve from Azarenka as she consolidates the early break. She is simply over-powering Sharapova now, not something that happens to the Russian particularly often
- - AZARENKA 6-3 3-0 – BREAK – Azarenka is just playing such impressive tennis as she sends a forehand down the line which Sharapova can only return wide across court to concede her serve at the first opportunity
- - AZARENKA 6-3 2-0 – Azarenka denies Sharapova the chance to break back with a blistering off-forehand across court that the Russian can only return into the net before going on to hold from deuce. She is showing no signs of nerves so far at all and has one hand on the trophy and the number one ranking now
- - AZARENKA 6-3 1-0 – BREAK – Azarenka is all over Sharapova and clearly making the Russian nervous as she plays a backhand drive volley winner, which should be fairly straightforward, right into the net. It’s an early break for Azarenka in this second set. Will she get nervous though?
- - AZARENKA 6-3 – SET – Wow! Azarenka is playing well now as she races through another service hold, when the Russian sends another forehand under huge pressure into the net. Azarenka has taken six of the last seven games since that nervy start
- - AZARENKA 5-3 – BREAK – A double fault and another missed first serve really helps Azarenka as she stands on or just inside the baseline to force Sharapova to eventually hits into the net. The Russian saves the break point with a cross court forehand that Azarenka cannot return. A couple of forays into the net from Azarenka pay dividends as she earns a break point, and that’s all it takes as she once again comes up, plays a backhand drop shot and then a backhand volley winner
- - AZARENKA 4-3 – Fantastic play from Azarenka as she draws Sharapova up to the net with the drop shot before putting up a straight-forward but incredibly effective backhand lob across court for a winner. Sharapova knows she is beaten and doesn’t bother running for it to hand Azarenka the hold to 30
- - AZARENKA 3-3 – Sharapova holds with an ace after being pushed to deuce when she sends a forehand wide down the line. A neat little illustration on Channel 7 shows that Azarenka is dictating most of the points from a metre either side of the T on the baseline. Sharapova, just a little further back of the baseline, but being pushed around considerably more now
- - AZARENKA 3-2 – Impressive turnaround from Azarenka as she holds to 15 when Sharapova sends a forehand return into the net. She now leads for the first time in this match and is really beginning to dictate the longer rallies from the baseline
- - AZARENKA 2-2 – BREAK – Much better from Azarenka now, she has clearly settled into this match now, as she moves up on to the baseline and quickly earns herself three break back points when Sharapova hits consecutive ground-strokes long. And she breaks back at the first attempt when Sharapova sends another ground-stroke, this time a backhand, long down the centre of the court. We are back on serve
- - AZARENKA 1-2 – Azarenka clearly trying to pump herself up with yells of “come on” after three consecutive points, the first two of which are Sharapova errors, and the last of which is a forehand winner down the line to seal the hold for Azarenka
- - AZARENKA 0-2 – Sharapova clearly the less nervous of the two, she’s been here before remember, winning in 2008, as she riffles a forehand winner down the line to bring up three game points ... and she goes on to hold, albeit after getting a point overturned on a hawkeye challenge, when Azarenka slaps a forehand long
- - AZARENKA 0-1 – BREAK – A couple of early double faults from Azarenka, as well as a couple of early forehand errors from Sharapova see both players clearly struggling with nerves. But it is Sharapova who gets the early opportunity with a break point, before an backhand wide down the line from Azarenka hands the Russian the first game
- - Sharapova won the toss and opted to receive first so it will be Azarenka to get us underway by serving first. The players are just about ready to go, so here we go ...
- - The players are out on court now, with Sharapova marginally getting the bigger cheer of the two. Sharapova out first before Azarenka, with the hood of her jumper up as is her usual routine
- - These two have faced each other six times before and the head-to-heads could not be closer with each woman having three wins over the other already under their belt. The only thing that may make the difference is that Maria Sharapova has been in this position before, she has won Grand Slams; this is Azarenka’s first Grand Slam final
- - With just over five minutes to go until the two women walk out on court, Azarenka can be seen to be jogging around in the corridors underneath Rod Laver Arena
- - Its been another sweltering day in Melbourne with a high of 34 degrees. Obviously it's starting to cool down now although with an overnight low of 21 degrees it's not exactly going to be cold during any stage of this match
- - Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from the women’s Australian Open 2012 between third seed Victoria Azareanka and fourth seed Maria Sharapova
|Date of Birth||31/07/1989|
|Date of Birth||19/04/1987|