Vika on the top of draw sheet

(Last Updated On: March 27, 2012)

By Matt Cronin

FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN AT INDIAN WELLS – Victoria Azarenka is beginning to lap the WTA field and if you consider where she was at this time last year, it’s pretty shocking.

On Sunday, Azarenka pummeled three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova again, this time 6-2, 6-3 to win her first BNP Paribas Open title at Indian Wells and collect a cool $1 million. Last year in the California desert, she was forced to retire with an injury against her close friend Caroline Wozniacki, which at the time added to her reputation of a somewhat unfit, frequently injured player who would never be able to reach No. 1 because she could never pay consistently enough to achieve it.

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