Saturday, August 4, 2012
Vika Azarenka wins Olympic bronze
Victoria Azarenka won the Olympic bronze medal after defeating Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-4.
Azarenka started well against Kirilenko and broke serve five times. By the third game of the second set, Kirilenko was heaving her racket in frustration.
When Kirilenko pushed a backhand into the net on match point, a triumphant Azarenka sank to her knees.
A supporter tossed her a Belarusian flag, which she happily draped over her shoulders as she walked off the court to cheers.
"I felt so nervous today because it's not very usual for a tennis player to lose and come back the next day and play," Azarenka said. "It feels like everything came off my shoulders today. It was so incredibly hard but I'm so glad I did it."
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