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Relentless Azarenka No. 1 For a Reason

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fter her hair-raising, high-quality, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (5) win over Sam Stosur today, Victoria Azarenka was asked what she was thinking when, after holding the lead for most of the afternoon, she found herself at 5-5 in a final-set tiebreaker. 

 
“You don’t want to know what I kept telling myself,” Azarenka said, grinning. “I would have to beep that, I think.”
 
What did Azarenka do after racing through all of those beep-able thoughts? She tried a drop shot. Stosur could only watch, surprised and agonized, as it landed a foot in front of the net, and well out of her reach.
 
“I had something to do to surprise,” Azarenka said, explaining her bold shot choice on a do or die point. “At this moment you...

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