Sharapova claims first title in 2012

Posted at Apr 30 2012 11:43 AM | Updated as of Apr 30 2012 07:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Russia’s Maria Sharapova beat world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the Stuttgart clay court final to claim her first WTA Tour title of the year and end a two-match losing streak against the Belarussian.

Sharapova, ranked second in the world, outplayed Azarenka, who had beaten her in the Australian Open final and the Indian Wells final earlier this year.

Azarenka, who has won four titles in 2012, briefly fought back despite a wrist injury, but it was not enough to overcome Sharapova, who eventually secured the prize money and a luxury sports car. Mornings @ ANC, April 30, 2012