Azarenka & Kerber Win In Melbourne

Former two-time champion Down Under Victoria Azarenka is through to the Australian Open women’s singles quarter-finals after she defeated Barbora Strycova 6-2, 6-4 in 86 minutes on Rod Laver on Monday.  Azarenka landed 76% of her first serves and won 83% of first serve points as she progressed at Melbourne Park.  The Belarussian moves on to face Angelique Kerber.

The seventh seed won against Annika Beck in Melbourne.  The German ousted her compatriot 6-4, 6-0 at the Rod Laver Arena in 88 minutes.  Great Britain’s Johanna Konta is also a quarter-finalist in Australia.

Konta conquered Russia’s 21st seed Ekaterina Makarova in three tough sets.  Makarova claimed the first set 6-4 before the Briton stormed back 6-4, 8-6 in a gruelling three hours and four minutes at the Margaret Court Arena.  South Africa’s sisters Zani and Lee Barnard’s tournament came to an end.

The pair were beaten in the junior girls’ doubles by local lasses Baijing Lin and Kaitlin Staines 6-3, 4-6, 10-6 in the first round.