Victoria Azarenka out-shrieked Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4 to win the Sony Ericsson Open for the second time.
“I played real well the first set. Maria is such a great fighter, I knew she was going to fight to the end. She came up with great tennis at the end, and I had to hang in there. That’s what paid off,” Azarenka said.
Azarenka is projected to be ranked No. 6 next week, matching a career-best.