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Azarenka overpowers Svitolina at Australian Open

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus plays a forehand return to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022.

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus plays a forehand return to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022.

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka is into the fourth round for the first time since 2016 after overpowering 15th-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-0, 6-2.

Azarenka accumulated nearly twice as many winners, 17, as unforced errors, nine, and never faced a break point. Svitolina made mistake after mistake, 26 unforced errors in all.

Azarenka improved to 5-0 against Svitolina.

The 24th-seeded Azarenka won the title at Melbourne Park in 2012 and 2013, and she also has been the runner-up at the U.S. Open three times, most recently in 2020.

She next will play against no. 4 Barbora Krejcikova or no. 26 Jelena Ostapenko, who each has won the French Open.

Since a quarterfinal run in Australia in 2016, Azarenka lost first-round matches last year and in 2019, and missed the hard-court tournament in 2017, 2018 and 2020.


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