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Australian Open: Two-time champ Azarenka books spot in last 16

Victoria Azarenka beat Madison Keys 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 on Friday and will face the winner of the match between Chinese Lin Zhu and Greek Maria Sakkari, the No 6 seed, in the next round

Victoria Azarenka Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 20, 2023 Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka reacts during her third round match against Madison Keys of the U.S. (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)
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Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, the No 24 seed, advanced to the last 16 of the Australian Open by defeating American Madison Keys, the No 10 seed, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 at Melbourne Park on Friday.

Azarenka, ranked No 24, will play the winner of the match between Chinese Lin Zhu and Greek Maria Sakkari, the No 6 seed, next.

The 33-year-old Belarusian won against American Sofia Kenin (6-4, 7-6 (3)) and Argentinian Nadia Podoroska (6-1, 6-0) ahead of her victory.

Earlier in the tournament, Keys, ranked No 13, beat Russian Anna Blinkova (6-4, 3-6, 6-2) and Chinese Xinyu Wang (6-3, 6-2).

Melbourne (Grand Slam), other third-round results (Melbourne Park, hard, USD 24.297.942, most recent results first):

  • Magda Linette vs. Ekaterina Alexandrova
  • Laura Siegemund vs. Caroline Garcia
  • Linda Fruhvirtova vs. Marketa Vondrousova
  • Aryna Sabalenka vs. Elise Mertens
  • Shuai Zhang vs. Katie Volynets
  • Camila Giorgi vs. Belinda Bencic
  • Nuria Parrizas Diaz vs. Donna Vekic
  • Varvara Gracheva vs. Karolina Pliskova
  • Lin Zhu vs. Maria Sakkari
  • Iga Swiatek (1) beat Cristina Bucsa (Q): 6-0, 6-1
  • Jelena Ostapenko (17) beat Kateryna Baindl: 6-3, 6-0
  • Coco Gauff (7) beat Bernarda Pera: 6-3, 6-2
  • Jessica Pegula (3) beat Marta Kostyuk: 6-0, 6-2
  • Elena Rybakina (22) beat Danielle Collins (13): 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
  • Barbora Krejcikova (20) beat Anhelina Kalinina: 6-2, 6-3
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