Victoria Azarenka dominates in 6-1 6-4 win against Elina Svitolina

I wrote in my preview about the battle of the forehands between Vika and Elina and the need for Elina to be a bit more decisive with her shot and find better angles.

However right from the off we saw some excellent top spin forehands from Vika going down the line and cross court forcing Elina to move about and was playing on the back foot despite the Ukrainian player trying to find more angle on the shot and producing errors and with a double fault went a double break down at 4-1 which became 5-1 to Vika despite Elina seeing a break point and before you know it was set point down on serve and a strong backhand from Azarenka forced the error from Elina to take the set 6-1.

At the end of the set Elina called her coach onto court and something that needed to change from the first set was the rally length as the longer the rallies went on the more points were being won by Vika.

There is no better way to start a set than going 0-40 up on your opponent’s serve which is what Elina did and despite going on the defensive with Vika getting back to 30-40 an error from the Belarussian gave the 20 year old the break for a 1-0 lead. Svitolina continued to show her great defensive skills and with the help of some errors from Vika held for 2-0. After a very comfortable hold of the serve from the world number one the pressure back on the Svitolina serve.

After a hold of serve from both players for 3-2 to Svitolina pressure then mounted on the Ukrainian’s serve with two double faults one to begin the game and one to end the game at the Vika forehand firing again to level for 3-3. A backhand error from Svitolina gave Azarenka a 4-3 lead with her third game in a row and pressure on Svitolina as another break of serve would probably see the match finished. Before Svitolina more or less was about to serve to stay in the tournament she called on her coach for another chat.

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More poor serving followed from the Ukrainian and Azarenka took a 5-3 lead and would serve for the match. It was never going to be easy and at 30-40 Elina broke back for 4-5 and would serve to stay in the match after breaking the Azarenka serve.

Svitolina did well sticking in the long rallies with Azarenka however there was only ever going to be one winner in these rallies and at 15-40 the Belarussian won the match in style with a lovely drop shot to win 6-1 6-4 and advanced to a third round meeting with Petra Kvitova.

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