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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka will star for the Philadelphia Freedoms in World Team Tennis.
Seven months after giving retirement serious thought, Li Na made it third time lucky in an Australian Open final with a 7-6 (3), 6-0 win over Dominika Cibulkova to become the oldest women's champion here in the Open era.
When Li Na thinks back to her first Australian Open final, she doesn't recall feeling nervous. Just very excited.
Victoria Azarenka's tumultuous reign as the Australian Open's two-time champion ended Wednesday with a lot of shouting from her and some boos from the crowd.
Even in a Grand Slam as unpredictable as this year's Australian Open, the names in the women's semifinals may still prompt head-scratching among casual followers of tennis.
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Defending champion Victoria Azarenka loses in Australian Open quarterfinals.
When the draw for the Australian Open was made, it wasn't Roger Federer who was being widely touted as the prime contender to claim an 18th major title.
Two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka saw another of her main adversaries crash out of the Australian Open on Monday, while top-ranked Rafael Nadal and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray faced tougher-than-expected matches to advance to the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park.
A look at the eighth day of the Australian Open tennis championships on Monday:
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On the men's side, top-ranked Rafael Nadal and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray faced tougher-than-expected matches to advance to the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park.
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal and two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka looked as if they were in a hurry to get out for late dinners Saturday while posting straight-set victories in their night matches at the Australian Open.
Two-time finalist Li Na has advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the third time in four years with a 6-2, 6-0 win in just 59 minutes over Ekaterina Makarova on Sunday.
She has said her coach, Sam Sumyk, has been a cornerstone to her development.
"She was just doing everything a little bit better than me," Azarenka said, during a moment of introspection. "I was just watching. I was like a spectator a little bit."