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Azarenka lands maiden WTA title in Brisbane

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  • Belarusian Victoria Azarenka has secured her maiden WTA title in Brisbane
  • The second seed defeats third seed Marion Bartoli of France 6-3 6-1 in final
  • Azarenka was finally snapping her title drought in her fifth WTA career final
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(CNN) -- Victoria Azarenka has won her maiden WTA title after defeating Marion Bartoli of France in the Brisbane International women's final on Saturday -- the tournament's official Web site reports.

Azarenka celebrates her first career victory by taking the Brisbane International title.

Azarenka celebrates her first career victory by taking the Brisbane International title.

The aggressive second seed finally snapped up her title drought, in her fifth career final, by brushing aside former Wimbledon finalist Bartoli 6-3 6-1.

Azarenka broke twice to lead 4-1 in the first set before Bartoli showed some fight to break back in the sixth game.

But the Belarusian won six straight games to close out the first set 6-3 and take a commanding 4-0 lead in the second.

The second set was a whirlwind affair with Azarenka closing it out in just 29 minutes to extend her career record over her more experienced opponent to 2-0.

Azarenka -- who broke into the world top 20 for the first time in 2008 -- is now well placed to improve on her best Grand Slam finish at this month's Australian Open.

Despite her win-less finals record leading into the match, Azarenka said there were no nerves before hitting the court. "I just go out and play no matter what happens. That probably helped me. It was like playing a regular match -- that is what helped me finish it so quickly."

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