Cincinnati, 19 August: Second seed Victoria Azarenka defeated World No.1 Serena Williams to win her first Western and Southern Open tennis title. 
Having lost 12 of their 14 previous meetings, Victoria edged out Serena in a third set breaker, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(6) here Sunday. 
"Obviously a big win. It was a great match. I’m really, really pleased with the way I pulled it out. It was a great battle. Nothing was given away. It was pure fight. I’m really happy," Victoria was quoted as saying by the tournament website. 
"The important thing is how I adjusted after the first set. I really stepped it up. I was fighting hard and changed my game and I just have to take that into consideration the next time we play against each other, to try to be there right from the beginning, because it’s crucial. You don’t want to give any chances at any point because Serena is such an incredible player that she will take everything," she said. 
Nadal ascends: Rafael Nadal&’s 26th title at ATP Masters 1000 level has ensured he leapfrogs Wimbledon champion Murray ahead of this month’s US Open. He is No 2 in the world right now.
Federer slides: Roger Federer is sliding in the ATP rankings, now down to No. 7. Federer, who spent more weeks at No. 1 than anyone, already had reached his lowest spot in a decade by dropping to No. 5 after Wimbledon – and he fell two more places Monday. Barring a withdrawal, Federer will be seeded seventh at the U.S. Open.     agencies