Azarenka into US Open last 16 for seventh time, defeats Martic

Victoria Azarenka won against Petra Martic 6-3, 6-0 on Saturday and will play the winner of the match between Czech Karolina Pliskova, the No 22 seed, and Swiss Belinda Bencic, the No 13 seed, in the next round

Victoria Azarenka Sep 3, 2022; Flushing, NY, USA; Victoria Azarenka hits to Petra Martic of Croatia on day six of the 2022 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center. (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, the No 26 seed, beat Croat Petra Martic 6-3, 6-0 to advance to the last 16 of the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City on Saturday.

Azarenka – three times a runner-up in New York (2012, 2013, 2020) – had lost her only previous match against Martic. She levelled the head-to-head, though, to secure her round-of-16 place at Flushing Meadows for the seventh time.

“I thought that this was probably my most solid match this tournament,” Azarenka said afterwards. “I felt like I started very solid and I kept my foot on the gas pedal and just really kept raising my intensity, game after game.

“I felt that I played really good in also important moments. On breakpoints I really took my chances, was really effective from defense to offense, kind of changing and shifting the game from one, two shots. I think that worked really well.

“Also, I served smart. I felt like I created a lot of opportunities for myself to move forward. Missed a couple of volleys which I felt like maybe transcended from my mixed yesterday, but overall was pretty good.”

Azarenka, ranked No 26, will face the winner of the match between Czech Karolina Pliskova, the No 22 seed, and Swiss Belinda Bencic, the No 13 seed, next.

Azarenka has lost only eight games in her two latest matches. Earlier in the tournament, the 33-year-old Belarusian won against American qualifier Ashlyn Krueger (6-1, 4-6, 6-2) and Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk (6-2, 6-3).

Martic, ranked No 54, won against Russian Varvara Gracheva (6-4, 7-6 (3)) and Spaniard Paula Badosa, the No 4 seed (6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2) in the previous rounds of Flushing Meadows.

US Open, other third-round results:

  • Jessica Pegula (8) beat Yue Yuan (Q): 6-2, 6-7 (6), 6-0
  • Petra Kvitova (21) beat Garbine Muguruza (9): 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (10)
  • Caroline Garcia (17) beat Bianca Andreescu: 6-3, 6-2
  • Ajla Tomljanovic beat Serena Williams: 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-1
  • Liudmila Samsonova beat Aleksandra Krunic: 6-3, 6-3
  • Alison Riske-Amritraj (29) beat Xiyu Wang: 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
  • Coco Gauff (12) beat Madison Keys (20): 6-2, 6-3
  • Shuai Zhang beat Rebecca Marino: 6-2, 6-4
  • Veronika Kudermetova (18) beat Dalma Galfi: 6-2, 6-0
  • Ons Jabeur (5) beat Shelby Rogers (31): 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

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