Australian Open women's penpix

Penpix of Victoria Azarenka and Li Na ahead of the Australian Open women's final on Saturday:

Last updated on Friday, 25 January, 2013 15:02 IST
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Melbourne: Penpix of Victoria Azarenka and Li Na ahead of the Australian Open women's final on Saturday:

VICTORIA AZARENKA (BLR)

World ranking: 1

Birthdate: July 31, 1989

Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Height: 6' (183 cm)

Weight: 145 lbs (66 kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned pro: 2003

Coach: Sam Sumyk

Career singles titles: 14

Grand Slam singles titles: 1

Career prize money: $16,857,277

Best Australian Open result: Champion (2012)

- Azarenka is the defending Australian Open champion and world number one after winning six WTA titles in 2012 and putting together a 26-match winning streak at the start of the year. She courted controversy in her semi-final against Sloane Stephens by taking an injury timeout immediately after losing five match points, before returning and breaking for victory.

LI NA (CHN)

World ranking: 6

Birthdate: February 26, 1982

Birthplace: Wuhan, China

Residence: Wuhan, China

Height: 5'7 3/4" (172 cm)

Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned pro: 1999

Coach: Carlos Rodriguez

Career singles titles: 7

Grand slam singles titles: 1 (French Open 2011)

Career prize money: $9,461,614

Best Australian Open result: Runner-up (2011)

- Li Na is Asia's first Grand Slam singles champion after winning the French Open title in 2011. She also reached that year's Australian Open final but lost to Kim Clijsters. Li is on a fine run of form after winning her seventh career title in Shenzhen, and she beat world number four Agnieszka Radwanska, and second seed Maria Sharapova, on the way to the Melbourne final.

Story first published on: Friday, 25 January 2013 14:58 IST

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