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Azarenka: 2016 Miami Open Women’s Singles Champion

04.02.2016

Miami- Victoria Azarenka, the champion of the 2016 Miami Open, beat Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-3, 6-2.

Azarenka completes a rare Indian Wells- Miami double win today. She is the third woman in the WTA’s history to win both tournaments in the same year. Kim Clijsters in 2005 and Steffi Graf in ‘94 and ‘96.

Getting to the top of the WTA is no easy feat, after winning the semifinals against World No. 3 Kerber, Azarenka uploaded a picture of her sneakers.

“If you don’t convince your mind to be open and be disciplined it’s not going to work”, said Azarenka about recovering from injuries in the past.

Two-time champion Azarenka beat former Miami Open champion Kuznetsova in straight sets. This win marks her 3rd title of the year, and her 20th career title. She thanked her training team and quoted their mantra “teamwork makes dreamwork” and dedicated the win to her parents who “helped ground me” but also “gave me the wings to fly and follow my dreams.”

With this win, Azarenka returns to the top 5 of the WTA. She also was the first player since Radwanska in 2012 to capture the title at Miami without dropping a set.

Let’s take a look at Azarenka’s road to the championship:

1. Overcame No.4 Muguruza in R16 in two tiebreak sets.

2. Defeated  World No. 3 Angelique Kerber in semifinals

3. Quarterfinals win over Great Britain’s Konta.​

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About the Miami Open presented by Itaú

The 2016 Miami Open will be played March 21-April 3 at the Crandon Tennis Center in Miami. The two-week combined event is owned and operated by IMG. The Miami Open is one of nine ATP Masters 1000 Series events on the ATP calendar, a Premier Mandatory event on the WTA calendar, and features the top men's and women's tennis players in the world. The tournament is widely regarded as the most glamorous on the ATP and WTA calendars because of its exotic Miami location, thriving nightlife, five-star hotels and restaurants, beautiful weather and beaches, and its celebrity appeal. For ticket information, call +1.305.442.3367 or visit www.miamiopen.com.

About Itaú

Itau is the largest Latin America privately owned bank, with approximately 95,000 employees and operations in 20 countries throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. Itaú’s relationship with sport goes back to the 1970s, when Itaú first sponsored the Itaú Tennis Cup in Brazil in 1970. Itaú has been a sponsor of the Miami Open for the last six years, and also sponsors the Rio Open, the only combined ATP/WTA event in South America. Itaú also supports the Brazilian Women’s Tennis Circuit, only female professional tournament in South America, certified by the Brazilian Tennis Confederation (CBT) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), as well as the Tennis Institute Training Center, responsible for the development of young, new talent.

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IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 25 countries around the world. IMG’s businesses include Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; strategic partnerships with sponsors and brands; and marquee assets across sports, entertainment, events, music and fashion.