Victoria Azarenka delighted to shrug off boos

Azarenka drew criticism after her semi-final against Sloane Stephens, when she blew five match points and immediately called a medical timeout. When she returned, she broke the teenager's serve and won the match.

updated: January 26, 2013 21:30 IST
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Melbourne: Victoria Azarenka said she was delighted with her response Saturday after shrugging off a gamesmanship controversy and a hostile crowd to retain her Australian Open title.

The world number one suffered a stormy build-up over a controversial medical timeout she took in the semi-finals, and was castigated by Australian media and the Rod Laver Arena crowd.

But Azarenka, who also maintained focus despite two injuries to her Chinese opponent, Li Na, and a nine-minute break for fireworks during the match, said she was pleased with her reaction.

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