MANILA, Philippines – Belarussian Victoria Azarenka retained her Australian Open title after defeating China’s Li Na in a dramatic final that last nearly three hours.
Azarenka defeated Li 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Li suffered an ankle injury in the second set after she was forced to change direction to try to reach an Azarenka backhand volley.
In the third set, the Chinese star fell again, hitting her head.
With the win, Azarenka retains her world no. 1 ranking, which was almost snatched by quarterfinalist Serena Williams. ANC, January 27, 2013