Victoria Azarenka News
Victoria Azarenka, former world leader, qualified in the WTA Semifinals of Miami (USA), Premier Mandatory category, with total prizes of $ 7.972 million, defeating it in two sets, 7-5, 6-3 , Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic, in a match disputed Tuesday.
Azarenka, ranked 186 in the WTA rankings as a result of the personal problems she faced in the last 18 months, is participating in this competition on the basis of an invitation from the organizers. She landed an hour and a half in the game with Pliskova, number 6 in the world, fighting for a place in the final with the American Sloane Stephens (12 WTA), who ordered 6-1, 6-2 , by the German Angelique Kerber (No.10 WTA).
“It was a surprise to me what I was able to do physically after my return. I never felt in such a good shape,” said Azarenka, engaged in a custody battle his son, whom he brought to the world in December 2016.
In the age of 29, the Belarusian player living in the United States won three times the Miami tournament during his career, the last time in 2016, with 20 titles conquered in the professional circuit, including two Grand Slam, both at the Australian Open (2012, 2013).
The other two rounds of the Miami finals quarter-finals: Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia / No.5 WTA) – Elina Svitolina (Ukraine, 4 WTA) at 20:00 and Venus Williams (USA, 8 WTA) Collins (USA, 93 WTA). Both matches are broadcast live at Tennis Picks.
In the men’s world, Croat Marin Cilic, world number 3, was eliminated in the finals, defeated in two sets, 7-6 (7/0), 6-3, by American John Isner, in a match disputed Tuesday.
The Florida tournament thus remained without its main favorites, Marin Cilic joining Swiss Roger Federer, the leader of the ATP rankings, eliminated from the second round.
John Isner, No. 14, will have an opponent in the quarter-finals on South Korea’s Hyeon Chung, who has 6-4, 6-3 in turn handed over by Portuguese Joao Sousa.
Also Tuesday, Argentinean Juan Martin del Potro, number 5 favorite, won his 14th consecutive victory after winning the tours of Acapulco and Indian Wells before being 6-4, 6-2 against the Serbian Filip Krajinovic (No.22). Rio’s Olympic vice-champion will fight for a place in the Miami semifinals with Canadian Milos Raonic, who defeated Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4.
Third round: Frances Tiafoe (USA) – Tomas Berdych (Czech / N.10) 6-7 (2/7), 6-2, 7-6 (7/1)
Pablo Carreno Busta (Spain / N.16) – Fernando Verdasco (Spain / N.31) 6-0, 6-3
Kevin Anderson (South Africa / N.6) – Frances Tiafoe (USA) 7-6 (7/3), 6-4
Alexander Zverev (Germany / N.4) – Nick Kyrgios (Australia / N.17) 6-4, 6-4
Borna Coric (Croatia / N.29) – Denis Shapovalov (Canada) 7-6 (7/2), 4-6, 6-4
Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina / N.5) – Filip Krajinovic (Serbia / N.22) 6-4, 6-2
Milos Raonic (Canada / N.20) – Jeremy Chardy (France) 6-3, 6-4
Hyeon Chung (South Korea / N.19) – Joao Sousa (Portugal) 6-4, 6-3
John Isner (USA / N.14) – Marin Cilic (Croatia / N.2) 7-6 (7/0), 6-3