Swiatek, Azarenka, Kenin advance to Adelaide quarterfinals

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Second-round matches completed at the Adelaide International 1 and all three Grand Slam champions in action on Thursday have made it to the quarterfinals of the WTA 500 tournament in Australia.

Iga Swiatek Adelaide International
Iga Swiatek of Poland in action during the second round at the 2022 Adelaide International WTA 500 tennis tournament

Defending champion Iga Swiatek eased past Leylah Fernandez 6-1 6-2 in their first career meeting.

Leylah Fernandez Adelaide International
Leylah Fernandez of Canada in action during the second round at the 2022 Adelaide International WTA 500 tennis tournament

After the match, the world No.9 Swiatek expressed appreciation of her Canadian opponent: “I’m sure we will have many close matches in the future, Leylah Fernandez. Thank you for today. #respect”

Misaki Doi Adelaide International
Misaki Doi of Japan in action during the second round of the 2022 Adelaide International WTA 500 tennis tournament

Japan’s Misaki Doi took advantage of other players’ withdrawals to enter the main draw and is now through to her first WTA 500 quarterfinal since Osaka 2019 with a 7-6(4) 6-3 win over Anastasia Gasanova.

Anastasia Gasanova Adelaide International
Anastasia Gasanova of Russia in action during the second round of the 2022 Adelaide International WTA 500 tennis tournament

The world No.130 Gasanova had upset eighth seed Elina Svitolina in the first round, but against Doi committed 43 unforced errors, including 13 double faults.

Victoria Azarenka Adelaide International
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus before the second round at the 2022 Adelaide International WTA 500 tennis tournament

Victoria Azarenka stopped Australian wildcard Priscilla Hon 6-3 7-5 to set up a quarterfinal meeting with Swiatek.

Victoria Azarenka Adelaide International
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in action during the second round of the 2022 Adelaide International WTA 500 tennis tournament

Overall this was still a successful tournament for Hon, who had recovered from a set and a break down to upset world No.17 Petra Kvitova in the first round on Monday and register her first win over a Top 20 player.

Priscilla Hon Adelaide International
Priscilla Hon of Australia in action during the second round of the 2022 Adelaide International WTA 500 tennis tournament
Victoria Azarenka Adelaide International
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in action during the second round of the 2022 Adelaide International WTA 500 tennis tournament

Azarenka was also victorious in doubles with Paula Badosa on Thursday, as they reached the semifinals with a 6-2 7-5 win over Anna Blinkova and Ulrikke Eikeri.

Victoria Azarenka Paula Badosa Adelaide International
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus & Paula Badosa of Spain playing doubles at the 2022 Adelaide International WTA 500 tennis tournament

Hon contested doubles as well, teamed up with compatriot Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz, but they lost in the round of 16 to Shelby Rogers and Heather Watson.

Priscilla Hon doubles Adelaide
Priscilla Hon & Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz of Australia playing doubles at the 2022 Adelaide International WTA 500 tennis tournament

Playing her first tournament since 2021 Wimbledon in July, sixth seed Sofia Kenin recovered from a set and 5-3 down, and saved three match points, to battle past Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 3-6 7-6(5) 6-3.

Sofia Kenin Adelaide International
Sofia Kenin of the United States in action during the second round at the 2022 Adelaide International WTA 500 tennis tournament

The 2020 Australian Open champion set up a quarterfinal meeting with top-ranked Ashleigh Barty, whom she defeated en route to her sole Grand Slam title in Melbourne. The world No.12 Kenin owns three No.1 wins in career, including twice over Barty.

Ajla Tomljanovic Adelaide International
Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia in action during the second round at the 2022 Adelaide International WTA 500 tennis tournament

Friday’s schedule at the Adelaide International 1 will feature all the four quarterfinal matches. The pairs are as follows:

Elena Rybakina [7] vs. Shelby Rogers
Misaki Doi vs. Kaja Juvan
Ashleigh Barty [1] vs. Sofia Kenin [6]
Victoria Azarenka vs. Iga Swiatek [5]

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