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    Williams turns back Azarenka to win Brisbane International

    Jan 5, 2014

    TOP-RANKED Serena Williams maintained her winning ways after beating No. 2-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-5 Saturday to defend her title at the Brisbane International and set the tone for the Australian Open.

    The Williams sisters were hoping to both win a WTA Tour event in the same week for the first time in 15 years, but Ana Ivanovic prevented that when she beat Venus Williams, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, in the final of the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand.

    The men's final in Brisbane on Sunday will feature two 32-year-old former No. 1s where top-seeded Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt earned three-set semifinal victories to advance.

    Federer beat No. 8-seeded Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 immediately after Hewitt's 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over second-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan.

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