New York, September 8
Victoria Azarenka had an enormous smile on her face after reaching her first Grand Slam quarter-final in additional than 4 years by beating Czech Karolina Muchova 5-7 6-1 6-Four within the fourth spherical of the US Open on Monday.
The former world No. 1 needed to rally from a set down on Louis Armstrong Stadium to arrange a final eight date with Elise Mertens, her first at that stage of a serious since she misplaced to Angelique Kerber on the 2016 Australian Open.
The 31-year-old, twice a champion at Melbourne Park and twice a finalist at Flushing Meadows, has struggled to succeed in the heights she loved earlier than she took trip to have her son, Leo.
Azarenka received her first title in 4 years on the Western & Southern Open within the lead as much as the US Open, nevertheless, and can head into the quarter-finals with a 9-2 report this yr.
“It’s been a while,” she informed ESPN. “It’s a quite challenging time in the world right now so to have this opportunity to enjoy myself and do what I love to do with a smile on my face, I’m so grateful.”
Muchova, the 20th seed, broke Azarenka’s serve 3 times within the opening set however appeared more and more hampered by an issue together with her higher left thigh because the unseeded Belarusian whipped by way of the second set to even up the competition.
The Czech took a prolonged medical timeout and returned closely strapped for a decider by which she confirmed glimpses of the all-court sport that has marked her out as somebody with a giant future.
Azarenka moved her across the courtroom as a lot as she might, nevertheless, and sealed the victory with a classic forehand winner that simply kissed the right-hand nook of the courtroom.
With Serena Williams and Tsvetana Pironkova already by way of, Azarenka is one in all three moms within the final eight.
“That’s remarkable, I’m so proud of the ladies,” Azarenka stated. “I hope it’s inspiring others to keep going for their dreams and not just define themselves as mothers.” Reuters