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Victoria Azarenka - Monica Niculescu Live

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
BelarusV Azarenka66---
RomaniaM Niculescu14---

Live Comments

  1. - - AZARENKA 6-1 6-4 - GAME, SET & MATCH! Azarenka looks anything but happy as Niculescu sends a cross court backhand wide to hand the world number one the match at the first attempt. That was not fun for the Belarusian defending champion but she is through to face either Eleni Danillidou or Karolina Pliskova. Full women's drawsheet

  2. - - AZARENKA 6-1 5-4 - BREAK! A blistering forehand down the line from Azarenka brings up two break points. The first goes begging on an error but she does get the break at the second attempt with a forehand winner. The world number one will serve for the match after the change of ends

  3. - - AZARENKA 6-1 4-4 - Another service hold apeice from first Niculescu and then also Azarenka and this second set continues to be fascinating despite Azarenka showing signs of getting back to her form of the first set

  4. - - AZARENKA 6-1 3-3 - Better from Azarenka, although hardly overwhelmingly positive, as she holds to fully get things back on track. A forehand winner is the shot that seals it but she still doesn't look too happy

  5. - - AZARENKA 6-1 2-3 - BREAK! Azarenka appears to have re-gained her compsure as she breaks to get things back on serve in, albeit with the Belarusian still trailing by a game

  6. - - AZARENKA 6-1 1-3 - Azarenka gives herself a massive yelling at after going down another two break points. And it seems to work as she saves the first with a smash winner and the second with a forehand volley winner into the open court before going on to hold leaving Niculescu rapping her racquet on the floor in frustration

  7. - - AZARENKA 6-1 0-3 - Wow. Azarenka did look like she might get the break back for a moment before Niculescu recovered and hold with a forehand winner. That consolidates the break and Azarenka is all over the place in this second set

  8. - - AZARENKA 6-1 0-2 - BREAK! The world number one has completely lost concentration as she slaps a forehand well long of the baseline to hand Niculescu an early break in this second set. The Romanian barely did anything in that game but get the ball back in play, something Azarenka could barely do

  9. - - AZARENKA 6-1 0-1 - Meanwhile back on Rod Laver, Niculescu has held for the first game of the second set against Azarenka

  10. - - AZARENKA 6-1 - SET! An great backhand drop shot from Azarenka helps her on her way to two set points before an absolutely sublime backhand drop shot seals it for the world number one

  11. - - AZARENKA 5-1 - BREAK! Normal service is resumed from the world number one as she immediately re-establishes the double break lead with a forehand winner and leaves herself serving for the first set

  12. - - AZARENKA 4-1 - BREAK! Niculescu has got one of the breaks back as Azarenka continues to struggle with her serve and sends a forehand into the net after a slack second serve. That should help settle the Romanian

  13. - - AZARENKA 4-0 - BREAK! After that touch service game for Azarenka, she has eased through for the double break - her weight of groundstrokes simply too much for Niculescu so far today

  14. - - AZARENKA 3-0 - The Belarusian sends a foerhand sailing long of the baseline down the line to hand Niculescu an immediate break back point. But the chance goes begging for the Romanian when she slices an unorthodox forehand into the top of the net. And Azarenka goes on to hold when Niculescu fails to find the court again

  15. - - AZARENKA 2-0 - BREAK! Niculescu is already looking quite upset as she plays an ill-advised drop shot and is punished by Azarenka accordingly

  16. - - AZARENKA 1-0 - Quick and easy start from Azarenka as she holds for the loss of just the one point to get the defensive of her title underway

  17. - - World number one and defeding champion Vika Azarenka is just getting underway on Rod Laver Arena, opening up against Romanian Monica Niculescu

Victoria Azarenka

Nationality BLR
Date of Birth 31/07/1989
Height 1.83 m
Weight 66 kg

Monica Niculescu

Nationality ROU
Date of Birth 25/09/1987
Height 1.68 m
Weight 63 kg

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