Belarusian teenager Victoria Azarenka defeated former champion Amelie Mauresmo 6-4, 6-2 in the third round of the Australian Open. Mauresmo’s exit leaves Serena Williams as the only former winner in the contest.
“It’s a little bit frustrating to come out with only six games today, but I did not play well enough the key points, whether it was in the first set or second set,” said Mauresmo, who reached the semifinals of Brisbane two weeks back. “She played a very good match. Really intense and consistent, and not giving away many points at all.”
Azarenka is having the best year so far, She won her first WTA title just a fortnight ago in Brisbane when she beat Marion Bartoli of France in the final. She is seeded 13th in the Open and is one of the young players who are making their presence felt after the exit of a lot of former champions and top-seeded players.
Mauresmo suffered from an injury before deciding to play in Australian Open and it didn’t look like she played like a champion, from the scoreboard at least. She won the 2006 title after both her semi-final and final opponents retired hurt.
Azarenka will next be facing her biggest challenge, playing against 2007 champion Serena Williams in the fourth round. Although, she’d had a dream run in this tournament, this match won’t be easy considering Serena’s current form.