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Azarenka wins Australian Open women's title

January 28, 2012: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia.

January 28, 2012: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia.  (AP)

Victoria Azarenka routed Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-0 Saturday to win the Australian Open singles title and take over the No. 1 ranking in women's tennis.

Azarenka, playing in her first final in 25 Grand Slam tournaments, was broken in the opening game of the match by Sharapova and trailed 2-0 before taking advantage of 16 Sharapova unforced errors to win the first set in 46 minutes.

The 22-year-old Belarusian broke Sharapova's service to open the second set and never looked threatened to clinch the title in 1 hour, 22 minutes.

The winner of the match had the added bonus of taking over the top ranking vacated by Caroline Wozniacki when she lost in the quarterfinals.