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Azarenka overcomes injury, Stosur to win in Qatar

(AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

By MICHAEL CASEY

AP Sports Writer

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus shook off a lingering ankle injury to win the Qatar Open on Sunday, routing Sam Stosur of Australia 6-1, 6-2.

This was Azarenka's 17th straight victory and her first title since becoming No. 1 after winning the Australian Open.

Azarenka showed no ill effects after twisting her right ankle in the semifinal against Agnieszka Radwanska on Saturday.

She broke the third-seeded Stosur twice to lead 4-1 in the first set, making a brief trip to the net to clinch it with a backhand volley. Azarenka was on her way to victory after winning the first three games of the second set.

Updated February 19, 2012

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