AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Azarenka Routs Sharapova in Final

Belarusian Victoria Azarenka captured her first grand-slam title Saturday, defeating Russia’s Maria Sharapova, formerly a top-ranked player, in the women's singles final. After having her serve broken in the opening game and going down 2-0, Azarenka came roaring back for a decisive 6-3, 6-0 victory. The 22-year-old Azarenka became a standout figure at this year’s Melbourne tournament with her high-energy, frenetic playing style and dramatic, emotional shrieks that sometimes spark insults from the crowd.