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BARTOLI ENDS AZAREKA’S WINNING STREAK

Victoria Azarenka’s record breaking 26 match winning streak has been broken by the Italian Marion Bartoli. The upset came an APT hard court even in Miami. Azarenka never looked like winning the match going down in straight sets and struggling to keep composed during the match. She was visibly disappointed after the game and left the court quickly.

Azarenka’s winning streak has lasted all season and has earned her four major titles including the Australian Open. In the course of winning 26 games she also managed to achieve world number 1 status and earned the reputation as the toughest female player to beat on tour.

Her other title wins came in Sydney, Doha and Indian wells. She won the hard court title in Sydney right beforw her Australian Open win which was played in Melbourne.

The only player to have a longer winning streak was Martina Hingis in 1997 when she won 37 games in a row. Experts believe it will be a long time befor that record is broken considering the depth of international tennis at the moment and the heavy workload for modern players.

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BARTOLI RUNNING STREAK OVER

When she defeated the world’s top ranked female tennis player Victoria Azarenka in the Quarter Final match of the Sony Ericsson Open, it was believed that Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli would go all the way and claim the title but there was a rude shock waiting for her in the Semi Final in the form of Agnieszka Radwanska, who defeated her in straight sets to enter the final of the tournament.

Radwanska defeated former world number one Venus Williams in straight sets before setting up the meeting with Bartoli and when it seemed that the seventh seed would take the match by the scruff of its neck, she managed to let go of her control over the proceedings and Radwanska duly took advantage to enter the Final of the tournament. After her match with the world number one, Azarenka praised the efforts and determination of the Frenchwoman but all that seemed to be missing from her game in the match against Radwanska and that cost Marion Bartoli dear.

The polish player Radwanska did well in the match, it must be said, not allowing Bartoli any time to settle into the game and did not let her status as one of the foremost women’s tennis player get the edge over her mentally. Having ended the 26 match unbeaten run of the world number one Azarenka just in the previous round of matches, Bartoli is bound to feel disappointed at the performance she put up against the Polish player.

However, speaking at the post match press meet, Marion Bartoli admitted that the better player on the day won and she had no hard feelings about it, just disappointment. She is looking forward to the French Open now which is slated to begin in a month’s time and Bartoli wants to win her home Grand Slam.