Let the sunshine in! There is no doubt who is shining brightly early in the 2016 WTA season. With her win at the 2016 Miami Open, former world #1 Victoria Azarenka became only the third female player, following Steffi Graf and Kim Clijsters, to accomplish the Sunshine Double, winning Indian Wells and Miami back to back in singles. Azarenka took out fellow 2-time Major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 6-2 in the final. Sveta had upset Serena Williams earlier in the tournament but had no answers for Vika on an error-plagued day. With the win, Azarenka will move back into the top 5. She had fallen out of the top 10 in recent years due to injury. Now she seems back to her former glory, already capturing 3 titles in this young season. She is 21-1 overall and, with all due respect to Serena, currently looks like the best player on tour. Clay is not her best surface, so it remains to be seen if she can continue this hot play into the clay court season coming up. Maria Sharapova overcame an aversion to the dirt to become a Roland Garros champion. Perhaps Vika can do the same.
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13 VICTORIA AZARENKA d. 15 Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-3 6-2