19 Mar 2012

Azarenka wins Indian Wells title

9:50 am on 19 March 2012

The world number one Victoria Azarenka beat second-seeded Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-3 to win the ATP-WTA Indian Wells tennis title this morning.

The Belarusian has won all 23 matches she has played this year, the best start to a women's season since Martina Hingis won 37 in a row in 1997.

The reigning Australian Open champion Azarenka won her fourth title of the year by capturing the showdown with Russian Sharapova, the first tournament final featuring the world's two top-ranked players since 2008.