The marquee second-round encounter between Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki didn’t sell as many Margaret Court tickets as it had been expected, but the clash provided the tight battle tennis fans hoped for and the unseeded two-time Australian Open champion is through.
In a seven-minute opening game, Azarenka broke Wozniacki’s serve and went on to lead 3-0. Wozniacki’s stretch followed, as the Dane even had a break point for 3-3, but there was no conversion on her side and Vika was still in the lead, 4-2. However, Caro’s fortune was about to change soon, as Vika couldn’t close out a 40-0 advantage on serve and five points later the women were tied at 4-4. In the end, Vika took command again and this time capitalized on the lead, serving it out for 6-4 in the first set. The second set was a quicker affair, as Vika forced Caro to work so hard for her points, and after going 3-1 up initially, she never let that lead slip, finishing the match 6-4 6-2.
This is the first time Wozniacki has lost before the third round of the Australian Open, while Azarenka has now recorded her first Top 10 victory in over a year. And it had to be celebrated with a heart-winning dance! 🙂
Here are my favorite tweets about the match. All by Ben Rothenberg.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 22, 2015
(photo by LaWanda)