[QODLink]
Tennis

Venus breezes past top seed Azarenka

Struggling world number two Victoria Azarenka is knocked out of Pan Pacific Open in the third round by Venus Williams.

Last Modified: 24 Sep 2013 14:24
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Williams said that her rival Azarenka was out of sorts during clash in Tokyo [AFP]

Venus Williams upset top-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-4 on Tuesday to advance to the third round of the Pan Pacific Open.

Williams, making her first appearance in the Tokyo tournament since 2009, took advantage of six-double faults by Azarenka, who struggled with her game from the outset at Ariake Colosseum.

Azarenka said after Tuesday's match that she wasn't well and hadn't been able to practice for three days because of her condition.

"She didn't seem like herself at all," Williams said.

Hitting the double-faults, I could tell she wasn't feeling her best. I am not sure what was bothering her but I hope she feels better

Venus Williams, American tennis player

"Hitting the double-faults, I could tell she wasn't feeling her best. I am not sure what was bothering her but I hope she feels better."

Azarenka, who lost to Serena Williams in the final of the U.S. Open, broke Williams to make it 4-4 in the second set after trailing 4-2.

But Williams came right back in the next game to go up 5-4 ad then served out to win the match in 1 hour, 21 minutes.

"I didn't sleep at all last night," Azarenka said.

"You can't play at 20 percent against one of the top players. I've been feeling bad for a couple of days and it just got worse today."

In 2011, Williams withdrew before her second-round match at the U.S. Open because of Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease and came into the Tokyo tournament 63rd in the world rankings.

"I've had some issues to say the least," Williams said.

"But I like to think that builds character and I've got a whole lot of character. I'm getting better every tournament, my serve is better, my back is better, a lot of things are getting better."

Williams next faces No. 13-seeded Simona Halep of Romania, who defeated Germany's Andrea Petkovic 7-6 (4), 6-3.

In other second-round matches, second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland defeated Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak 7-6 (5), 6-0. Fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark overpowered Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-3.

Svetlana Kuznetsova also advanced by beating third-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 6-4, 6-4.

Kuznetsova, a two-time major winner, hit seven aces in the match. The Russian and will next face 15th-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania. Cirstea beat Japanese wild-card entry Misaki Doi 6-1, 6-2.

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard defeated ninth-seeded Sloane Stephens of the United States 5-7, 7-6 (7), 6-3. Bouchard will next play sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, who beat Japan's Ayumi Morita 6-4, 6-1.

Other winners include Samantha Stosur, Ana Ivanovic, Dominika Cibulkova and Madison Keys.

 

444

Source:
AP
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Featured
Private citizens take initiative to help 'irregular' migrants, accusing governments of excessive focus on security.
Indonesia's cassava plantations are being killed by mealybugs, and thousands of wasps will be released to stop them.
Violence in Ain al-Arab has prompted many Kurdish Syrians to flee to Turkey, but others are returning to battle ISIL.
Unelected representatives quietly iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals among US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Led by students concerned for their future with 'nothing to lose', it remains to be seen who will blink first.