Tue. Jan 31st, 2023

Victoria Azarenka beat Sofia Kenin 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) Monday to develop into the one former Australian Open champion left within the girls’s draw.

Azarenka, the twenty fourth seed from Belarus, received her titles at Melbourne Park in 2012 and 2013, whereas American Kenin prevailed to elevate the champion’s Daphne Akhurst Cup in 2020.

With 2022 champion Ash Barty and Serena Williams each retired, and 2019 and 2021 winner Naomi Osaka lacking due to her being pregnant, it meant Kenin and Azarenka had been the one two earlier winners within the girls’s singles.

However Kenin has confronted a torrid time since her solely Slam triumph with kind deserting her as she endured a spate of accidents.

Her rating has slid to 203 on the planet and she or he was bidding for a primary win over a top-25 opponent since beating then quantity 11 Petra Kvitova at Roland Garros in 2020.

Nonetheless, the veteran world quantity 24 Azarenka admitted she had been on edge earlier than the encounter on Margaret Court docket Area.

“It is excessive strain and also you would not suppose I would be nervous, nevertheless it means a lot to me,” stated the 33-year-old.

“I attempt to work via these feelings however they occur.”

Azarenka will face both Leolia Jeanjean of France or Nadia Podoroska of Argentina within the second spherical.

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