Hours before his Edmonton Oilers knocked off the Vancouver Canucks on the west coast, Nikolai Khabibulin got word of another notable win that had taken place on the east coast.

Victoria Azarenka, who has ties to the Oilers goaltender and his family, defeated Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4 to win the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami's Crandon Park.

Khabibulin and his wife took Azarenka under their wing when she was a teenager and living in Minsk, Belarus.

"We do feel like we were involved in her development. I wouldn't say it's so much pride, but it does feel good," said Khabibulin.

"Tennis in Belarus is so underdeveloped. There are quite a few players up to age 14, 15 who are very promising, but they don't have enough resources. If you want to make it you have to go somewhere else."

Azarenka, the No. 8 seed, defeated Serena Williams on the same court in 2009. To lay claim to the 2011 title she had to defeat No. 2 ranked Kim Clijsters in the quarter-finals and Vera Zvonarerva, ranked No. 3, in the semifinals.

Nikolai's wife, also named Victoria, was a tennis player and the couple's daughter, Sasha, 18, is currently in Spain working on her game. Sasha had been at the Khabibulin home base in Phoenix recently when Azarenka was competing in Indian Wells, Calif. Azarenka had to pull out of the tournament because of a hip injury.