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Azarenka tops Goerges for Linz title



Linz, Austria (Sports Network) - Victoria Azarenka earned her sixth title of 2012 with a straight-set win over Julia Goerges in the final of the Generali Ladies Linz tournament.

The top-seeded Azarenka posted a 6-3, 6-4 triumph on Sunday for her second straight title. The native of Belarus also won last week in Beijing and hasn't dropped a set while winning 11 straight matches in that span.

Azarenka technically has a 13-match win streak, including two victories in Tokyo before withdrawing from a quarterfinal match because of dizziness. She has not lost a match since falling to Serena Williams in the final of the U.S. Open last month.

Williams and Azarenka each have six titles this year heading into the WTA Championships, which start Oct. 23 in Istanbul.

"I just want to rest a bit -- it has been a long trip for me," said Azarenka. "I'm happy I have this week to recover, regroup and refocus to go for that last push."

Azarenka was cruising toward the finish line Sunday with a lead of 6-3, 5-0, but Goerges won the next four games. Azarenka, though, finished it off by winning the final two points.

"At 5-0 it felt like such a comfortable lead," Azarenka remarked. "I think I won seven games in a row at that point. But then Julia just went for her shots, and I kind of misjudged the situation."

Sunday's victory gave Azarenka her 14th career title. She also won in Indian Wells, Doha, Sydney and at the Australian Open in addition to her two most recent triumphs.

Azarenka improved to 14-11 all-time in finals, including 6-3 this year. She is also 4-1 lifetime against Goerges.

Goerges, seeded fifth this week, fell to 2-3 in title matches. The German lost the Dubai final to Agnieszka Radwanska in her lone title match of 2012 and hasn't won a tournament since last year in Stuttgart.

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