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- - Azarenka 6-2 6-4 – MATCH! ...ridiculous as another call goes against her and she cannot challenge again. Fifth match point though and she finally makes it count as she forces Barthel to hit into the net.
- - Azarenka 6-2 5-4 – Azarenka has another match point on serve, but the pressure must be telling as she commits the error for deuce. She hits out when in a good position and suddenly Barthel can break back...brave brave play from the Belarusian as she keeps her intensity up and forces the error. Barthel misses the pass by THIS much, i.e not a lot. Another match point...and she’s out of challenges even though she thinks her shot was in! Back to deuce...massive, relentless hitting creates a fourth..
- - Azarenka 6-2 5-4 - Azarenka is serving for the match, watch it here LIVE on British Eurosport 2 and Eurosport 2 HD (Sky 410/412, Virgin Media 521.
- - Azarenka 6-2 5-4 – More Nadal-esque play as she lassoes a forehand winner into the corner. Barthel replies with a powerful winner herself for 30-30, but a wild forehand from the German and it’s a single match point...a rare ace down the tee and what a moment to get it. Azarenka hits the return into the net as she over presses for the victory. Barthel holds her nerve and forces Azarenka to serve this match out.
- - Azarenka 6-2 5-3 – That’s Azarenka’s sixth double fault of the match for 15-15. Massive, flat groundstrokes from the favourite though is keeping Barthel, who is merely doing well to stay in points, on the back foot. Barthel reaches the drop shot though and she pulls the game back to deuce. The German won’t be shaken off, but her chance to break goes when she hits the return long. A big winner and an unreturnable serve puts paid to any Barthel hopes.
- - Azarenka 6-2 4-3 – Barthel starts strongly, but excellent footwork from the Belarusian brings the game to 30-30. A massive backhand down the line though and she has the chance to hold serve. Unsurprisingly not taken and it’s deuce. A Nadal-like backhand pass from the German, though Azarenka’s approach wasn’t good enough. The Belarusian misses the line by half a millimetre in the following rally and Barthel holds.
- - Azarenka 6-2 4-2 – Barthel is far too far behind the baseline and Azarenka is taking full advantage. Another brilliant drive volley winner from the number three seed puts her up and an error from the German gives her two game points. No problems as the return is hit well long.
- - Azarenka 6-2 3-2 – BREAK! It’s three break points as Azarenka again applies the pressure with really early groundstrokes. And the pressure does indeed tell as Barthel double faults to hand the break on a plate.
- - Azarenka 6-2 2-2 – Such variety from Azarenka as she finishes the game off with a lovely angled drive that clips the line close to the net. It leaves the German with no chance as she levels.
- - Azarenka 6-2 1-2 – Barthel hangs in there and finishes the point off with a brilliant forehand winner down the line. Azarenka though is like a dog with a bone and reels off consecutive points to create another couple of break points...a long forehand reduces the arrears...the first challenge of the match from Azarenka as her shot is called out, but it was the right call for deuce. Four points in a row from the German for the game.
- - Azarenka 6-2 1-1 – Azarenka double faults at 40-15, and this is a rare opportunity for Barthel to get into the Belarusian’s serve. She hits long and it is deuce...another double fault and she’s well and truly lost the rhythm on that serve. A chance for Barthel, but she hits wastefully wide. Was that her only chance gone? Azarenka holds the game with a brilliant winner down the line that wrong foots her opponent.
- - Azarenka 6-2 0-1 – Barthel starts the second set strongly, yet again winning a game to love. Azarenka drops a return of serve just wide to hand the game to the German.
- - Azarenka 6-2 – SET! Barthel runs everything down, but Azarenka finishes with a drop shot that proves a distance too far for the German. More unforced errors and the number three seed has two set points...she thinks she gets it with an ace, but it clips the net...Barthel then catches the net in the resulting rally and is incredibly lucky when it drops just inside the tramline. A huge one-two down either line though and that is the set.
- - Azarenka 5-2 – Barthel takes the backhand really early and it proves too much for Azarenka. It’s all good and well doing it when 5-1 down though. A fantastic rally to finish the game off is won by Barthel as she covers the net and hits a winner crosscourt. Strangely, the only two games the German has won have been to love.
- - Azarenka 5-1 – The Belarusian is just too powerful for Barthel at the moment. She races into another 40-0 lead with huge shots to the back of the court. It’s not another to love though as the German passes her beautifully crosscourt. Barthel makes the unforced error and this set is all but over.
- - Azarenka 4-1 – BREAK! Barthel with a penetrating backhand forces Azarenka into the net. She follows it up by coming to the forecourt and hitting a comfortable smash. A perfect winner into the corner, but Azarenka responds emphatically as she clears up at the net for deuce. Break point as Barthel hits lamely into the net, and it’s game as she then hits too long. Bad signs for the German.
- - Azarenka 3-1 – A familiar sight in this tournament. Azarenka comes forward and is dominating her opponent off her groundstrokes. She’s only dropped a game in each of her previous two matches. Can she do the same again?
- - Azarenka 2-1 – Barthel with some really solid serving and she gets her first game on the board to love. That was a very reassuring game for the German.
- - Azarenka 2-0 - Barthel gets her first point on the board as she hits a winner down the line when 30-0 down. Azarenka's already got her strange howl up and running, much like her tennis as she completes the break with a lovely vollied lob from near the net.
- - Azarenka 1-0 – BREAK! Barthel gets the match underway, but it’s Azarenka who applies the pressure immediately. A double fault at 0-15, followed by a couple of unforced errors and Azarenka breaks in the first game.
|Date of Birth||31/07/1989|
|Date of Birth||11/07/1990|