Victoria Azarenka is into the fourth round of the Australian Open after breezing past Elina Svitolina 6-0 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena.
The No 24 seed produced a flawless performance against the No 15 seed to extend her head-to-head record against the Ukrainian to 5-0. The two-time Australian Open winner is into the fourth round of the Melbourne Grand Slam for the first time since 2015.
Svitolina looked almost tearful at one point in a first set where she made 13 unforced errors and double faulted three times. Azarenka simply overpowered her from the baseline and reeled off six games in a row.
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Svitolina let out a wry smile when she got a game on the scoreboard 35 minutes into the match to make it 2-1 and produced a break point to level the second set, but Azarenka rescued it before going on to break the Svitolina serve again to move into an unassailable 5-2 lead.
After a mammoth ten minute game, Azarenka sealed the victory on her sixth match point as Svitolina hit into the net.
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Source: Euro Sports