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Azarenka rolls to second straight title



Marbella, Spain (Sports Network) - Victoria Azarenka of Belarus captured her second straight WTA title on Sunday with a straight-set victory over Romanian qualifier Irina-Camelia Begu in the final of the Andalucia Tennis Experience.

The top-seeded Azarenka had little trouble in a 6-3, 6-2 triumph, extending her winning streak to 11 straight matches. She was coming off an impressive run in Miami, where she beat Kim Clijsters, Vera Zvonareva and Maria Sharapova on her way to the title.

"It was unusual to go from Miami on hardcourts to here on clay and do so well," said Azarenka. "I'm more than pleased with the experience. It was important just to keep my mind fresh and do the same things I did in Miami."

Azarenka claimed her seventh WTA crown and improved to 7-6 all-time in finals. She is currently ranked sixth in the world, but is now expected to move into the top five.

Begu had never won a WTA main draw match before this week and was the first qualifier to reach a WTA final since Austria's Tamira Paszek, who went on to win the Quebec City tournament in that role last September.

"It has been a great week," Begu noted. "Coming from the qualifying and playing three hours [Saturday in the semifinals] was a bit tough, but I'm happy with my week."

There was no real drama in Sunday's final, as Begu's only lead was 1-0 in the second set. Azarenka calmly regrouped and finished off the match in just 82 minutes. She dropped a mere 19 games during the week.

Azarenka earned a first prize of $37,000.

04/10 15:29:39 ET

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