Belarusian No. 24 seed Victoria Azarenka definitely past her prime. But she once again recalled those good old days in the third round against Elina Svitolina at the 2022 Australian Open and play the perfect tennis to beat the Ukrainian. She defeated Svitolina in straight sets 6-0.6-2 on Rod Laver Arena.
Azarenka, who made it to week two at the 2016 Australian Open, is back on the big stage once again. On Sunday, she will play her ninth match in the fourth round of the Australian Open. Her best performance was in 2012 and 2013 when she won the title.
The 32-year-old player dominated the game from the first set. She’s singing on her serve and hits hard from the base line. She broke Svitolina immediately to take the lead early. The Ukrainian didn’t have any answers to Azarenka’s speculative hits as she crashed twice more. Azarenka eventually won the set 6-0 to knock out her opponent.
Azarenka put all his strength into the second set. She entertained the Laver crowd with her power stroke and left Svitolina a sitting duck. Once again, with a double advantage, she came back 6-2 to win tickets to the fourth round.
Can Azarenka win a Major in 9 years?
The 2-time Grand Slam champion looked great all week. It all started late last year when Vika reached the final at Indian Wells before losing to Paula Badosa in three tight sets. She then started the season with a quarter-final at the Adelaide International.
In Melbourne, Azarenka has yet to miss a game and has only missed x games. She beat Panna Udvardy in the first round before getting a better score than Jil Teichmann in the second round. Then she beat Svitolina today and will face 4th seed Barbora Krejcikova or Jelena Ostapenko in round 16. The match in round 4 will be the toughest match for her so far but with recent form, she will love her chance to reach the quarterfinals again.
She could then have a rematch with Paula Badosa in the quarterfinals before finally facing second seed and compatriot Aryna. Sabalenka. The road ahead looks difficult for Azarenka but knowing her, one cannot rule out Vika.
https://firstsportz.com/tennis-victoria-azarenka-stuns-elina-svitolina-in-the-third-round-of-the-2022-australian-open/ VIKA MAGIC! Former 2-time champion Victoria Azarenka STARTs Elina Svitolina in the third round of the Australian Open 2022 »FirstSportz