Azarenka Wins Sixth Title of the Year With Win at Generali Ladies Linz

World number one-ranked Victoria Azarenka won her second WTA title in as many weeks at the Generali Ladies Linz, not dropping a set the entire way, defeating the fifth-seeded Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4
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World number one-ranked Victoria Azarenka won her second WTA title in as many weeks at the Generali Ladies Linz, not dropping a set the entire way, defeating the fifth-seeded Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4. Azarenka is now 13-0 since the U.S. Open where she fell to American Serena Williams in the finals, and is 26-0 in sets, collecting her sixth WTA trophy of the year in Linz, tying her for most on the year with Serena. Azarenka now has a week off before the WTA Championships in Istanbul. Azarenka won 12 consecutive points early in the second set to help build a 5-0 lead. She then lost four straight games before closing out the final on her fifth match point.

"I was coming to Linz for the first time and everywhere you go you try to win, and I'm really happy I could go all the way through this tournament," said Azarenka. "I'm happy to end the week with such a beautiful trophy and a smile on my face."

Goerges was playing the fifth WTA final of her career and is now 2-3 in finals matches. 

"It was a tough day, but I saw I had the chance to stay with the number one player in the world, and even change the match from 5-0 down," said Goerges. "But I got to two finals here, which I've never achieved in one week before, and even though I didn't win, I'm happy with my tournament."

Goerges wasn't done yet after her loss to Azarenka, as she joined her doubles partner Barbora Zahlavova Strycova to face the German-Czech duo of Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke and fell to 6-3, 6-4.