Australian Open Update: Victoria Azarenka and Elena Rybakina Through to Semifinals

Australian Open Update: Victoria Azarenka and Elena Rybakina Through to Semifinals
NEW YORK - AUGUST 24: Two times Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka practices for US Open 2013 at Arthur Ashe Stadium at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 24, 2013 in New York — Photo by zhukovsky

Victoria Azarenka knocked out third-seeded Jessica Pegula 6-4 6-1 in the quarterfinals to make it to the last four. She next faces Wimbledon Champion Elena Rybakina who beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-2 6-4.

Rybakina Vs Ostapenko

Azarenka Vs Pegula

Should Azarenka make it to the end, this will be her third Australian Open title. She won back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013.

Despite her great performance at Melbourne Park, Azarenka is not sitting on her laurels and is looking to make new memories.

“I felt last year my tennis wasn’t bad but I was not mentally ready and played with fear and anxiety. It was difficult to play brave,” she said.

“I worked a lot on my mindset in the off-season, challenging myself on things I wouldn’t really do before.”

“When you have achieved great success, you can become conservative and hesitant to try new things.”

“I tried new things, put my head down and worked hard.”

Rybakina who won last year’s Wimbledon is excited about making it to the semifinals.

“I’m super happy to be in the semi-finals for the first time,” she said.

“Of course, I was nervous, especially in the last game. I’m super happy I managed the emotions and I played really well today.”

She fired 11 aces and had 24 winners to defeat Ostapenko. Their match lasted 1 hour and 19 minutes.

Maree cartujano
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