Victoria Azarenka aiming to regain top spot from Serena Williams

Azarenka has further motivation that she can regain the top spot if she wins the title in Dubai. She can even do so if she only reaches the final, provided Williams does not.

updated: February 18, 2013 23:21 IST
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Dubai: Victoria Azarenka revels in her rivalry with Serena Williams which could see her recapture the world number one ranking from the 15-time Grand Slam winner at the Dubai WTA Open this week.

The Belarussian scored a rare victory on Monday over the American, who nevertheless took away her world number one ranking 24 hours later, a rather contradictory setback for Azarenka which has not prevented her celebrating their relationship on and off court.

"Any tournament I'm happy to play against Serena," said Azarenka, who is still the only leading player to remain unbeaten this year after her 7-6 (8/6), 2-6, 6-3 win over Williams in the Qatar Open final.

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