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- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 7-6(2) 6-4 - GAME, SET & MATCH! AZARENKA HAS WON HER 68TH MATCH OF THE YEAR! Kerber sends a cross court backhand just wide and the world number one is off to a winning start. What a match from Kerber though. Great fight from the German, who has done herself proud despite now not being able to make the semi-finals.
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 7-6(2) 5-4 - Having saved two match points at this stage in the second set, Azarenka now has two of her own after landing a winner just inside the line ...
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 7-6(2) 5-4 - BREAK! Kerber's not done yet! Two great forehand winners see the German race out to a 0-30 lead. Azarenka came back at her again with a couple of typically furious groundstrokes but yet another forehand that Vika cannot return in play hands Kerber a break back point. Azarenka thinks she's saved it with an ace but Kerber challenges and the ball is out and a backhand wide from the Belarusian under extreme pressure in the rally and KERBER HAS BROKEN BACK AGAIN!
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 7-6(2) 5-3 - BREAK! Ouch. A double fault from Kerber (her fourth of the match tonight) gifts Azarenka two break points. It's bullish stuff from the German though as she saves the first with a series of brutal forehands that eventually draws the error. And she also saves the second in much the same manner but Azarenka earns herself a third chance and this time she gets it when Kerber sends a forehand long
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 7-6(2) 4-3 - Azarenka holds a pretty straightforward service game to sneak out in front once again. Just the one point dropped by Vika in that game, on a forehand error, and just a few signs of tiredness creeping into Kerber game now
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 7-6(2) 3-3 - An outrageous shot from Kerber, an off-forehand half-volley on the baseline across court and basically without moving her feet, leaves Azarenka shooting a look over the net after eventually losing the point. The German has to dig deep though as Azarenka pushes her to deuce, albeit it at no point holding a break point. We're still level on serve in this final set
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 7-6(2) 3-2 - Azarenka stops the rot with a solid service hold of her own to sneak out in front again, albeit only on serve
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 7-6(2) 2-2 - Kerber races through a solid service game to level up this final set and this is a complete turnaround. She looked tired at the beginning of this set but that steely, determined look of the second set has returned and Azarenka is not out of trouble yet
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 7-6(2) 2-1 - BREAK! Well, well! Kerber is still in the match as she breaks straight back with a couple of cracking forehand winners before Azarenka sends her backhand just marginally wide. Flip flopping momentum in this final set!
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 7-6(2) 2-0 - BREAK! Kerber battling hard but those shots which for Azarenka were just missing in the second set are now just dropping in as the Belarusian earns herself a break point. The German left-hander pulls Vika up to the net with a drop shot before finding the forehand down the line to save the break point but Azarenka earns herself a second chance and this time does break with a forehand winner down the line. Ouch. Azarenka looking the much more likely victor now.
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 7-6(2) 1-0 - Azarenka opens the final set with a love service hold when Kerber wallops a forehand straight into the top of the net. Important service game coming up for the German next. She'll have the new balls though
- - As the players take a comfort break in between sets, we'll updated you with the answer to the question about the players Azarenka has lost to this year. Marion Bartoli (in Miami), Maria Sharapova (in Stuttgart), Serena Williams (in Madrid, Wimbledon, the Olympics & the US Open), Dominika Cibulkova (at the French Open) & the retirement came against Tamira Paszek (in Montreal). So only five women have beaten her on only eight occasions this year. Phenomenal stuff.
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 7-6(2) - SET! Azarenka earns herself five set points to level this match ... Kerber leaves Vika with a wry smile after saving the first. But the Belarusian takes it at the second attempt with a mid-court forehand winner down the line. We are going to a third. And, from a neutral point of view, the quality of play from both players so far tonight really has demanded that.
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 6-6(5-1) - TIE-BREAK! It will take a lot for Kerber to come back from this now as Azarenka races out to a very comfortable lead at the change of ends in the breaker. Understandably a bit of a comedown for the German. She came back in the first set breaker though, can she do it again?
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 6-6 - Boom! A love service hold from Azarenka this time as she forces the second set breaker without any drama of the previous game. Great stuff from the world number one and, with the exception of Kerber, who doesn't want to see this match go to a third set?!
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 5-6 - There is no sign of that injury that Kerber looked for a second like she might have sustained. She twisted awkwardly during that epic ninth game of this set. She called for the trainer but is yet to actually have any treatment and it looks like it was just a case of jarring something
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 5-6 - Kerber just narrowly misses a cross court groundstroke (confirmed by hawkeye) but yet another ace down the T - her sixth - levels the game at 30-30. And the German goes on to hold with a stunning cross court backhand passing shot despite the fact that she was retreating!
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 5-5 - Two stunning points from Azarenka as she saves both the match points with barely a flicker on her face. And the world number one goes on to show everyone exactly why she is world number one with a couple of gutsy points to hold. A test for Kerber now as she attempts to put that disappointment behind her and stay on course
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 4-5 - TWO MATCH POINTS TO KERBER. Azarenka drops the first two points on another couple of errors (albeit forced) before flinging her racquet to the ground in disgust. Kerber then sets up the match points with a stunning stretched forehand volley winner ...
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- - Azarenka has lost to just five women this year, one of which was on a retirement. Anyone know who all five of those were?
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 4-5 - Four break points saved as Azarenka sends another forehand just marginally long of the baseline to leave the German just one game away from beating the world number one. Vika will have to serve to stay in it after the change of ends.
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 4-4 - No ace this time but the result is the same as Azarenka sends a forehand out to squander yet another break point. The trainer is loitering at the back of the court, Kerber having requested them after a particularly gruelling point earlier in this game. Azarenka only just misses an off forehand wide across court as Kerber gets another game point but we're back to deuce after a smash winner from Vika. What. A. Game.
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 4-4 - Kerber is getting to absolutely tons of shots that she has no right to get to, forcing Azarenka to play shot after shot after shot. But the Belarusian eventually earns herself a third break point. Yet. Another. Ace. From Kerber saves it but Azarenka plays a simple, neat forehand volley winner to grab a fourth ...
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 4-4 - Kerber confidentally saves a break point with an ace slammed straight down the T before also sending an unreturnable down the T as well to set up a game point. The crowd are loving the German's spirit in this set. Azarenka is a fighter too though and sets up a second break point, only to send consecutive routine groundstrokes long. The Belarusian looks totally befuddled as to what is going on with her game before belting an angry off-forehand cross court to level at deuce
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 4-4 - BREAK! Azarenka sneaks into the net but Kerber does enough to make the backhand volley difficult and Vika dumps it into the net to hand the German the break back to love! Azarenka just was not in that game mentally at all.
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 4-3 - Hello, hello. A couple of unforced errors from Azarenka show the first signs of danger for her in this set. And she lets herself get rattled as she then sends a routine backhand down the line long. It hands Kerber three break back points and a chance to level this third set ...
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 4-3 - Kerber is playing quick between points on her serve and it seems to be working to her advantage, as she holds for the loss of just the one point when she sent a somewhat sloppy forehand into the net after a cracking out-swinger of a first serve
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 4-2 - A love game for Azarenka, her first of the match. She is really dominating on serve at the moment as Kerber struggles to find any kind of potency on the return. They are both still playing very well though once they get into the rallies
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 3-2 - Kerber opens the game with a cracking forehand winner before following it with a second straight down the line. A regulation backhand long hands Azarenka a glimmer of hope in the game before that gets even brighter when the Belarusian levels after a stunning stretched backhand return. The two trade points for deuce before Vika incorrectly challenges a call from the chair and Kerber goes on to hold by forcing her opponent into a cross court error
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 3-1 - Azarenka has moved into top gear now and she bombards Kerber with some cracking serves and follow-ups to move 40-0. However, Kerber blasts a forehand winner with her next return, excellent shot, just off the line. The next attempt is wide and Azarenka holds.
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 2-1 - Kerber stops the rot in his set with a testy hold off 0-30. This is obviously going all the way isn't it.
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 2-0 - In the end Azarenka holds off deuce with some strong serves. A tough one but she's in charge in this set, with Kerber remember taking the opener.
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 1-0 - Plucky effort from Kerber at the baseline but Azarenka smacks it clear with the German stranded. And Vicky goes long after a bending forehand out wide changes the tempo of the next point. Azarenka hits one long but Kerber flicks it over the net while challenging - she shouldn't have as it was just in and Azarenka had missed the follow-up! Oops. Kerber pulls it back to 40-30 with a cute angled forehand, and now deuce as Azarenka goes long! All epic games these!
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 1-0 - BREAK! Azarenka with a big miss, into the net as she swung a beefy forehand at the space wide left, and it's deuce again. Yet another battle. And Azarenka dumps her raquet after spooning one well wide. Not a happy bunny but she responds with a bullying point from the baseline, back to deuce. And break point again as Kerber yells at herself for a miss into the net. And she hands it to the Belarusian with a weak effort also into the net.
- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) 0-0 - A well-earned break between sets and Kerber starts off with the first point, on serve, but Azarenka is angry and blasts her way to break point... Saved as Kerber puts her next winner noncholantly down the middle. But then she nets a stooping two-hander and it's break point once more.
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- - AZARENKA 6-7(11) - SET! Wow. Kerber has the set as Azarenka overcooks a drive to the baseline, under a lot of pressure from the German. An epic set ends in epic fashion. Easily the best of these Championships and in stark contrast to the drivel on show earlier.
- - AZARENKA 6-6 (11-11) - This is a great advert for the women's game as we hit the hour mark, Kerber unable to take her set point as Azarenka gives her the runaround. And set point Kerber after a remarkable exchange of baseline bullets! On the German's serve too... But saved in style by Azarenka, who keeps the point alive after a great serve down the middle before coolly passing it wide of the approaching Kerber. Now a challenge from Azarenka on Kerber, but it was in - set point no.5!
- - AZARENKA 6-6 (9-9) - Neither can put this to bed as, after Azarenka goes wide, Kerber can't control her second serve and loses the next point. And now it's set point five for Azarenka - which Kerber saves with a lovely backhand down the line. Change of ends.
- - AZARENKA 6-6 (7-7) Somehow Kerber saves those four set points as, after being bullied along the baseline by Azarenka, a failed drop shot from the Belarusian gifts her parity! Some comeback. And now Azarenka misses her next shot and it's set point Kerber! First serve nets, and the second is poor, allowing Azarenka to run the point and unleash a backhand that Kerber can only stumble into.
- - AZARENKA 6-6(6-5) - Another drop shot by Kerber is met by Azarenka, whose flick is met by a lob from deep - but again Azarenka reads it and unleashes a superbly controlled volley for four set points! Kerber saves one with a cool forehand pass into the left after a fabulous piece of movement on the baseline. And some more great work on the forehand sees her kiss the line and force Azarenka long. And a fortunate double-hander off the net sees her save a third. Brilliant stuff.
- - AZARENKA 6-6 (4-2)- A mini-break to Azarenka as Kerber flicks one just wide while losing her balance. Only an inch or two in that one. Then a monster serve puts Azarenka 3-1 up although Kerber pulls it back to 4-2 with a lovely backhand drop shot.
- - AZARENKA 6-6 - A superb game finishes in style as Kerber forces a tie-break with a wonderful array of slices, scoops and smashes to leave Azarenka flat-footed. A shoot-out is the least Kerber deserves for this first set.
- - AZARENKA 6-5 - Error from Kerber as she goes long from deep. Hold your nerve now. And she responds with a terrible drop shot after dominating the next rally, fails to clear the net. Not the time for funny stuff. 0-30. Azarenka overcooks a big return wide, lucky for Kerber who was prone. Now a fantastic rallly that Kerber shades by half an inch of net, leaving her backhand dropping well short of Azarenka. 30-30 and game point Kerber as Azarenka messes up a volleyed winner. Wide. Poor...
- - AZARENKA 6-5 - A double fault from Azarenka brings up 15-15. Next point sees Kerber move really well on the baseline before Azarenka unleashes a drive that the German spoons high and long. Next time she keeps her cool and, after a rapid exchange of baseline bullets, Kerber suddenly switches direction and drills a disguised forehand down the line. Beautiful. But she nets her next return, unlucky as she was going for the big shot. 40-30, and Azarenka holds as Kerber nets after a fabulous rally.
- - AZARENKA 5-5 - Kerber, having been a break up, is serving to stay in what has been a very entertaining opening set, high on quality and attitude from both girls. It starts off with a long baseline rally, Kerber outlasting her opponent this time. Cagey. Then a fizzy serve out wide that Vicky can't get anything on, and then an unreturnable second serve. And another, love hold, 5-5.
- - AZARENKA 5-4 - Great play from both women as Azarenka shades the opening rally of this crucial service game with a trick pass down the line. For the second time Kerber nets when she looked to bury one down the line. And Azarenka comes to the net with aggression to bully another panicky strike to net. But a vicious forehand return from the wide serve sees Kerber crush away a winner . Lovely. 40-30. But Azarenka holds as she comes to net again, another great point.
- - AZARENKA 4-4 - A beastly love hold from Kerber shows that the tide has not fully turned. She generates superb power given her size, a victory for technique over brawn.
- - AZARENKA 4-3 - Azarenka has regained her focus after allowing Kerber's plucky backhands to get the better of her briefly, although a stunning sliced drop-shot from the German brings it back to 30-15. But after some lovely powerful backhands, Kerber gets her forehand winner all wrong as she nets. And Azarenka holds with ease, three games in a row.
- - AZARENKA 3-3 - BREAK! Azarenka with a fantastic challenge on Kerber's serve, it was a centimetre out! The Belarusian is 30-0 up now, and with a fault called on first serve Kerber decides not to challenge. Azarenka, meanwhile, unleashes a monstrous backhand across court and it's three break points. Azarenka hits a second-serve return long, and she's annoyed with herself. She still breaks though as Kerber whacks one long. On terms again.
- - AZARENKA 2-3 - Absolutely brilliant from Kerber as flicks a spinning double-handed backhand away but Azarenka scraps back to 30-15. Almost a great combination from Kerber as a brutal return sets up a backhand pass that she overcooks. In the end Azarenka claims a vital hold as Kerber nets her return.
- - AZARENKA 1-3 - Azarenka trying too hard to bring it back to serve as she overhits a few backhands to leave Kerber 30-0 up. Some ferocious backhands from Kerber though, really putting some meat behind them as the second fizzes past Azarenka for 40-0. And a love hold as Azarenka spins one long. Very good hold to defend the break.
- - AZARENKA 1-2 - BREAK! Kerber is really having a go and zips 30-0 up against Azarenka's serve. The Belarusian pulls one back with a tasty drive away from the German, but a double-faul brings up two break points! Taken as an uncharacteristic error from Azarenka sees her backhand wide!
- - AZARENKA 1-1 - Wonderful winner by Kerber after a fabulous point from both women, flying into the corner before pinging an unstoppable pass down the line. Already a far better match quality-wise than that dirge earlier. Another fine winner from Kerber but Azarenka pulls it back to 40-30 as she somehow meets Kerber's volley with a flat, driven one of her own. Now to deuce as the world no.1 attacks the net with aggression. ACE! Advantage Kerber. Almost another as Vicky just touches, good hold.
- - AZARENKA 1-0 - The world number one drops the first point as Kerber starts brightly. The German pumps one long though, and another wide, as she fails to deal with the Belarusian's power. This is Kerber's WTA Championships debut, by the way. Great consistency of power by Azarenka as a crisp volley and an ace down the middle see her hold to 15.
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17:20 - HEAD-TO-HEAD - These two have only played twice, with Azarenka winning both at Indian Wells and the Olympics. Straight sets. There was a Tokyo walkover afterwards though. All those this season.
17:15 - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the second match of the day as world number one Victoria Azarenka faces Angelique Kerber, who lost her first match in straight sets to Williams yesterday. This is Azarenka's first match.
|Date of Birth||31/07/1989|
|Date of Birth||18/01/1988|