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Qatar Ladies Open Stars – Victoria Azarenka
17 Feb 2011
The ninth edition of Qatar Ladies Open, which will be organized by Qatar Tennis Federation (QTF) at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex from the 21st to the 26th of February will witness the participation of a number of world top tennis players.

Seven out of the top 10 players in the WTA rankings have confirmed their participation in the prestigious tournament including world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, other famous names out of the top ten includes Maria Sharapova (Russia), Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) and Sania Mirza (India). 

One of the most prominent stars in the 2011 Qatar Ladies Open will be the promising Belarusian Player Victoria Azarenka. 

The twenty-one year old player has shown a good performance in the last two seasons in the tournaments in which she has participated.

She is known for her well-timed and powerful groundstrokes. Her best shot is her backhand which is regarded as one of the strongest currently in the women's game.

Victoria withdrew from some tournaments in the last season due to injuries and different heath problems. she began her 2011 season at the Medibank International as the 7th seed where she lost to Kim Clijsters in the quarterfinals 6–3 6–2.

At the 2011 Australian Open Azarenka successfully negotiated the first two rounds in straight sets. She beat Chanelle Scheepers in the third round 6–3, 6–3 however was defeated in the fourth round by China's Li Na 6–3 6–3.

Azarenka started her career in 2003 as she participated in The ITF Tournament then she moved to USA to develop their talent.

Portuguese coach Antonio Van Grichen helped her to claim girls Australian Open and girls US Open  and to move from the 300th   place to the 150th.

Victoria defeated experienced players such as Martina Hingis, Maria Sharapova to register her first appearance in a final of WTA event at the 2007 Estoril Open where suffered a defeat against Greta Arn . 

At the US Open, Azarenka upset former World Number 1 Martina Hingis in the third round before 2004 US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova beat her in the fourth round. In mixed doubles, Azarenka and countryman Max Mirnyi won the title, defeating Meghann Shaughnessy and Leander Paes.

Azarenka began the 2009 season at the Brisbane International as the second seed. She defeated Kateryna Bondarenko, Jarmila Groth, Lucie Šafářová and Sara Errani all in straight sets to reach her fifth career final. In the final Azarenka defeated third seed Marion Bartoli 6–3, 6–1 to win her first WTA career title.

Afterwards, she claimed the title of won the titles of Memphis Championship beating Caroline Wozniacki in the final match. She also was able to register a victory over Serina Williams in the final of Miami Open. Azarenka's ranking increased to a new career high of World No. 8.

In 2010, Azarenka won Stanford open defeating Sharapova in the final match then she collapsed on court During the second round match of US Open. 

At the 2010 Kremlin Cup Azarenka, as the 2nd seed, defeated Andrea Petkovic 6–4 2–6 6–1 , and Alisa Kleybanova 6–1 6–3 in the quarterfinal. She then beat María José Martínez Sánchez 6–3 6–3 in the semifinals and Maria Kirilenko in the final 6–3 6–4 coming back from 4–0 down in the second set to win her 5th career title.

In her second appearance in Doha for the season-ending 2010 WTA Tour, where she is in the White Group as the 8th seed. In her first round robin match Azarenka lost to Vera Zvonareva 7–6 6–4 despite serving for the first set at 5–4 and leading 3–1 in the second. She also lost to Kim Clijsters in her second match 6–4 5–7 6–1, which assured that she did not qualify for the semifinals. Then, in her final match of the tournament and season, she defeated Jankovic for the second year in a row 6–4 6–1.