Miami Open – Victoria Azarenka 7-5 6-2 Angelique Kerber

Out on Grandstand on Saturday afternoon in Miami saw two former world number one and Grand Slam champions Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber lock horns.

This week we had already see Angie bulldoze through Renata Zarazua 6-0 6-0 in singles and win with Halep in doubles where as Saturday was the first sighting of Vika in Miami after a first round bye and a walkover in round two.

Straight away it was a fun battle between two of the tours greatest players who shared breaks of serve in the opening couple of games.

After an opening exchange we saw the German kick-on and took a 4-1 lead in the opening set really pushing the ball around with her forehand especially down the line really punishing Vika.

What has been wonderful about Vika is that fight back and the intensity she players with at the moment and has done for the last 9 months has been epic. There is a belief and confidence in her striking which has propelled her way back up the rankings. We saw the forehand of the German doing damage early on but once Vika had time on her backhand there was only one winner.

Vika levelled up at 4-4 but was always playing catch-up with Angie serving first but at 5-5 got a big break at a big time and then went onto win the set 7-5.

Two games in a row to end set one were followed by three more in a row in set two with the Belarusian up a double break on the German.

Having won just one of the previous nine games the pressure was on Kerber to stop the rot and a stunning forehand set up a break point which she converted and went onto stay close with Vika at 2-3 but the 14th seed still a break up.

Despite a mini comeback from Kerber it was a quick reset from Azarenka who maintained her fantastic intensity and went onto win 7-5 6-2 for her first win this year in Miami.

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