Victoria Azarenka crushes Sofia Kenin at the Australian Open –

Tennis News: In the match that brought together two Australian Open champions, the 24th seed, Victoria Azarenka, was the side that took victory over Sofia Kenin.

The former world No. 1 was leading 0-3 in the first set, but in the end he was able to pull off a 6-4, 7-6 win over 2020 Australian Open champion Kenin in 2 hours 4 minutes to reach the second round. .

Both players come into this game in great shape in 2023. The 24th seed advanced to the quarter-finals at Adelaide International 1, while American Kenin advanced to the semi-finals in Hobart .

After the two-time Australian Open winner won five of the last six matches to win the first set, neither player was broken in the second. He saved a set point opportunity when leading 5-6, then snatched five straight points at 0/2 in the tiebreaker.

“I definitely feel some tension,” admits Azarenka. “I felt like the game wasn’t good enough, but I was still able to find a way to win, which I think is important for me, especially for me. I feel mentally that I’m still hard and I’m still looking for a way out.

Between Azarenka and a place in the third round was Argentine tennis player Nadia Podoroska, who crushed French tennis player Leolia Jeanjean 6-0, 6-3.

In another match, 2019 Australian Open runner-up Petra Kvitova also won the first round after the 15th seed beat Belgium’s Alison van Uytvanck 7-6, 6-2 in 1 hour 32 minutes. .

“I fought van Uytvanck in the Olympics and lost to him. So I really know what to expect,” Kvitova said.

“He plays a slightly different style of game and a lot of variety. So I’m happy to have survived the first set and won the tiebreaker. I think from then on I relaxed a bit and started playing a bit better.”

Waiting for Kvitova in the second round, Ukrainian tennis player Anhelina Kalinina crushed the hopes of American Coco Vandeweghe 6-3 6-1.

Kvitova will have the chance to challenge compatriot Barbora Krejcikova in the third round after the 20th seed crushed compatriot Sara Bejlek 6-3 6-1.

French Open champion for the 2021 season, Krejcikova will meet French tennis player Clara Burel in the second round after ejecting host tennis player Talia Gibson 6-3, 6-4.

32nd seed Jil Teichmann booked his second-round match against Zhu Lin after the Swiss beat Briton Harriet Dart 7-5 6-1 and the Chinese beat Canadian Rebecca Marino 6-2, 6-4 .

Article tags: Tennis, australian open, Victoria Azarenka, Sofia Kenin, Petra Kvitova

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