Azarenka beats Serena Williams to win Qatar Open

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DOHA, Qatar — Defending champion Victoria Azarenka beat Serena Williams 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-3 to win the Qatar Open on Sunday, earning her 16th title and ending a 10-match losing streak against the American.

Azarenka will give up the No. 1 ranking to the second-ranked Williams on Monday, but extended her current winning streak to 14 matches, which included her second Australian Open title.

More importantly, she may have turned around what has been a one-sided rivalry against Williams.

Azarenka had not beaten Williams since 2009 in Miami, and had a 1-11 record against the American going into Sunday’s final.

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