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Australian Open: Azarenka does it again, but was Li crowd favorite?

For the second year in a row, Victoria Azarenka, from Belarus, won the Australian Open. The match, against China's Li Na, was emotional and tension-filled. Li fell to the court twice, but fought to the end.


Victoria Azarenka, (r.) of Belarus is congratulated by China's Li Na after winning the women's final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday.

Andy Wong/AP

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Victoria Azarenka won her second consecutive Australian Open title, beating Li Na 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a dramatic final that contained a break for fireworks, two medical timeouts and a nasty fall to the court by Li.

The Chinese star first tumbled to the court after twisting her left ankle in the fifth game of the second set and had it taped.

On the first point after a 10-minute pause in the third set while fireworks boomed overhead from nearby Australia Day celebrations, Li fell over again and slammed the back of her head on the court. The 2011 French Open champion was treated immediately and had another timeout before being allowed to resume the match.


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