Victoria Azarenka beats Serena Williams to win Sony Ericsson title

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka, the 19-year-old from Belarus, defeated world number one Serena Williams 6-3 6-1 to win the Sony Ericsson Open. In  post-match interview Azarenka explained why so many Eastern European women have done so well in tennis of late: “I would say it’s I think it’s just the mentality. Like the Russians, a lot of us, we didn’t have many things when we were growing up. It’s just the hunger for playing and just wanting to do better and get as many opportunities as you can to be better in your life.”

The New York Times had an article about U.S. tennis losing ground in developing players. Here is an interesting statistics from that article.  “Of the top 100 ranked players on the WTA Tour as of March 23, only four were American, and two were in the top 10, the Williams sisters, Serena (No. 1) and Venus (No. 6). (The other two were No. 37 Bethanie Mattek-Sands and No. 85 Jill Craybas.) By contrast, 14 Russian women were ranked among the top 100, including 10 in the top 50 and five among the top 10.”

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