Opening match of the ninth day of the US Open was the fourth-round clash of Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic, which was canceled yesterday because of heavy rain. The encounter developed into a three-set battle, which Belarusian Azarenka won 4-6 6-3 6-4.
In the first set, the 13th-seeded Ivanovic dominated world No.2 and last year’s US Open runner-up Azarenka. The Serb hit 17 winners, almost five times more than Azarenka, and steadily overcame her 6-4 in 42 minutes.
In the second set Ivanovic lost her pace and the two exchanged a few breaks. Serbia’s Ivanovic had a chance to stop that trend, but couldn’t find her game, while Azarenka’s determination was on the rise. However, it still looked like they haven’t woken up, playing a bit sluggish overall. Eventually, Azarenka won the set 6-3.
Finally, in the third set it looked like their morning coffee kicked in and they started to play, but it was a bit late for Ivanovic, even though Azarenka wasted three match points at 5-2. Later in an interview Vika said:
The match points were pretty bad. I really didn’t go for my shots. I kept waiting for a mistake, and obviously it didn’t happen.
Azarenka managed to finish the third set and the match on her fourth match point and moved into the US Open quarterfinals where she will meet Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova, currently ranked 48th.