Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova let a 3-1 lead slip away in the first set, but prevailed in second and third set to defeat Victoria Azarenka 5-7 6-3 6-2 and advance to the quarterfinals of the French Open.
The match opened with an exchange of breaks initiated by Azarenka. Then Pavlyuchenkova built a 3-1 lead, but it didn’t last as Azarenka immediately leveled to 3-3. Azarenka recorded a crucial break in the 44th minute and won a long game that followed to take the first set.
In the second set, Azarenka again fought back, from 0-2 to 3-3, but this time Pavlyuchenkova stopped her recovery, winning nine of the last eleven games in the match.
In the quarterfinals, Pavlyuchenkova will face the winner of the match between Serena Williams and Elena Rybakina. (photo: Jimmie48)