The rivalry between Victoria Azarenka and new WTA world number one Serena Williams continues this week as the pair gather up their tennis racquets following Sunday’s final in Doha and jet off to Dubai to compete yet again on the hard courts.
Just a day ago Azarenka got revenge on her adversary for pinching the number one spot, ousting Williams over three sets 7-6 2-6 6-3 to claim the Dubai Open crown. It was a strange moment on court, both players delighted and gutted at the same time with their week’s work.
Anyone who thought their rivalry was settled should wait until next weekend, when the pair will most probably meet again in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships – catchy title!
With each player heading up their own half of the draw, the chances of either name missing out on the final this coming Sunday are slim to none. Williams has arguably the tougher task – seeded second – and faced Marion Bartoli in the second round before an expected semi with Agnieszka Radwanska.
Azarenka, on the other hand, should cope well in the early stages and will likely meet Angelique Kerber in the semis – the German out of form at the moment having crashed out early at the Australian Open.
Those aches and sores from Melbourne are no doubt still hurting Azarenka but they must pale into insignificance compared to her loss of her WTA number one crown.
Although she can’t reclaim it on Sunday, she can nevertheless inflict another title triumph over Williams and set herself in good spirits heading into the rest of spring.