Azarenka downs Kerber to clinch Brisbane title

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka stormed to her second Brisbane International title when she downed Germany's Angelique Kerber in straight sets on Saturday.

Saturday January 9 2016

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus lifts her winning trophy after defeating Angelique Kerber of Germany in the women's final match on the seventh day of the Brisbane International tennis tournament on January 9, 2016. PHOTO | SAEED KHAN |

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus lifts her winning trophy after defeating Angelique Kerber of Germany in the women's final match on the seventh day of the Brisbane International tennis tournament on January 9, 2016. PHOTO | SAEED KHAN |  AFP

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Former world number one Victoria Azarenka stormed to her second Brisbane International title when she downed Germany's Angelique Kerber in straight sets on Saturday.

Azarenka, who won her maiden WTA title in Brisbane in 2009, overwhelmed the fourth-seeded Kerber, winning 6-3, 6-1 in 73 minutes, her sixth win over the German in six meetings.

It was Azarenka's first title since she won in Cincinnati in August, 2013.

She sustained a foot injury in 2014 and only played nine tournaments. In 2015, she suffered a thigh strain that saw her slip down the world rankings.

But she steadily improved in each round in Brisbane and showed in the final she will be a serious contender for the Australian Open.