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Published on Oct 24, 2010
MOSCOW, Russia - She qualified for this week's season-ending WTA Championships - Doha 2010 by winning her first match of the week, but she didn't stop there. Victoria Azarenka went all the way to the title at the Kremlin Cup, capping a stellar week on Sunday with a 63 64 championship victory over Maria Kirilenko.
Azarenka, the No.2 seed at the Premier-level tournament, beat Andrea Petkovic in three sets to qualify for this coming week's Doha field, then didn't drop another set all week - including beating No.6 seed Kirilenko, 63 64, winning a routine first set then rallying from 0-4 in the second set to take the title.
It was Azarenka's second title of the year, following another Premier-level victory in Stanford. She now has five career WTA titles and a 5-6 record in career WTA finals.
Kirilenko had blazed through the draw at her home tournament, losing just nine games en route to the final. Her result this week, in addition to her results over the last year, mean she will return to the world's Top 20 on this week's rankings, her 12th career week among the elite (she spent four weeks in the Top 20 in 2006 and seven more there in 2008). The Russian still has a winning record in career WTA finals (5-4 now).