Friday, September 29, 2023

Azarenka overcomes Yastremska’s challenge in Mexico

Victoria Azarenka achieved a nice victory over the Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska (6-4, 7-6(5)) in the duel for the second round of the WTA 1000 in Guadalajara. The Belarusian will be Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova’s rival for a place in the quarterfinals of this Mexican tournament.

The match, played at the AKRON Stadium of this Guadalajara Open, was an attractive match, with the presence of the former world number 1 and tenth seed of the tournament, Victoria Azarenka She made her second appearance in the tournament after a stunning performance against American Robin Montgomery. His rival in this case was the Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska with the aim of exploiting his full potential in this type of events and after a victory against local lender Ana Sofía Sánchez.

Azarenka wins it in straight sets

Better start to the game for Vika, who hit the chair for the first time with a quick break and took a good 2-1 lead. The Belarusian felt much more comfortable in developing the points given the constant mistakes that the Ukrainians made, but she still couldn’t take advantage of them because she had more break points, so the difference was minimal. Using this advantage in a great way, Azarenka secured the first set 6:4.

The scenario seemed different at the start of the second set as Yastremska was the one to strike first, taking advantage of a majority game of second serves from the 10th seed to take a 2-0 lead. However, Victoria wanted to get back into the game and make up for this break in the immediately following game, although she had definitely lowered her level compared to the previous set and committed further unforced errors. It was through this pressing and against an unpredictable rival that Dayana would score a decisive break and take a 5-3 lead. But the Belarusian would turn things around and even secure set points at 4:5 to reach the tiebreak. In the tiebreaker, Vika would secure her win and advance to Mexico.

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