Azarenka made her own piece of history by becoming the first Belarussian girls’ grand slam singles champion and the first girl to make the junior No.1 ranking since her country gained independence from the former Soviet Union.
“I was dreaming about this so much because I wanted to be No.1 so much,” said Azarenka, 17. “Two times before I had chances and I missed them, now that I did this I can’t explain the feeling.”
Azarenka never looked in trouble against Szavay but she said afterwards that it had been a far more difficult job than it looked to those watching on Melbourne Park’s Show Court Two. “It wasn’t as easy as the score was. It was pretty tough mentally,” said Azarenka. “I felt very confident and I did the best I could and played all my best shots. This is a very good step for me.”