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Victoria Azarenka of Belarus announced Friday, via her Twitter account, that she is expecting her first child at the end of the year. As a result, she will not play anymore tournaments in 2016, including the Rogers Cup.

“While recovering from my knee injury that I sustained at Roland-Garros, I received news from my doctor that my boyfriend and I are going to become parents at the end of this year,” said Azarenka. “While I will miss competing in the sport that I love this season, I am excited for all that’s ahead. I have been truly inspired by so many strong female athletes who return to the very top of their sport after having children, and I plan to do exactly that.”

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Victoria Azarenka is certainly the form player on the WTA Tour at the moment with the 26 year old Belarusian joining an elite band of players, one that includes just Steffi Graf and Kim Clijsters, as she became just the third woman in history to complete the 'Sunshine Double', following up her win at Indian Wells by lifting the Miami Open crown yesterday.

Azarenka was in awe inspiring form as she made quick work of the challenge posed by veteran Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, taking just over an hour and a quarter to win her third Miami Open title, winning the Final in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.

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DjokovicWorld no.1 Novak Djokovic won his fifth title at Indian Wells, crushing an injured Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 in a very one-sided final on Sunday. Fortunately the women's final provided a lot more excitement for the fans as Victoria Azarenka also picked up her second win at Indian Wells, stunning top seed Serena Williams, 6-4, 6-4 in a thrilling final.

There was no stopping Djokovic at Indian Wells yesterday as the Super Serb picked up the 62nd title of his career, going level with Roger Federer on 27 Masters series titles, crushing his Canadian opponent Raonic in virtual no-contest. In addition to struggling with a back injury which affected his ability to serve, Raonic went for too much too early in points, committing 27 unforced errors to virtually hand the title to Djokovic, who simply had to be consistent and move his opponent around, waiting for an error.

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German youngster Angelique Kerber, the highest seed left in the bottom half of the women's draw stayed on course for making her first ever Grand Slam final, stunning 2-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5 to advance to the semi-finals at Melbourne Park.

The match itself was anything but straight forward with Kerber, a runner-up to Azarenka at Brisbane a week before the Australian Open started, racing away to a 4-0 lead in the first set on the back of some fabulous stroke play from the back of the net.

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Seventh seed Angelique Kerber will get an instant opportunity to seek revenge for her defeat at the hands of Victoria Azarenka in the final of the 2016 Brisbane International, with the duo registering lopsided wins today to book their spots in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Kerber took on fellow German Annika Beck in her fourth round match today to open proceedings on Rod Laver Arena, and after needing an hour to win a poor first set 6-4, she raced through the second in a shade under half that time to register a 6-4, 6-0 win. Beck was undone by her 34 unforced errors, and her inability to hold serve with any level of consistency. The 21 year old though has a bright future ahead of her and will take heart from her run to the fourth round here this year.

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The seeds continue to be shown the door in the bottom half of the women's draw with the 2016 Australian Open losing another major player in third seed Garbine Muguruza. Joining her in making a premature exit from the tournament was 9th seed Karolina Pliskova. That leaves 7th seed Angelique Kerber as the only Top 10 player in the bottom half of the women's draw, though her path to a possible maiden Grand Slam final does contain the 14th seed Victoria Azarenka, a two-time champion here at Melbourne Park.

It was a day of straight set wins for the women on Saturday morning as none of the six matches made their way into a third set. In fact, the matches were so one-sided that only one saw a 6-4 set.

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Two time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka has won her first title in three years, lifting the Brisbane International crown yesterday, crushing Germany's Angelique Kerber in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1 on Saturday.

Vika, a former Champion here in Brisbane too, has battled to regain the form that took her to the top of the world rankings with injuries playing a huge role in her struggles over the last couple of years.

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