TEB Championships WTA BNP Paribas: Victoria Azarenka And Petra Kvitova Advanced To The Semifinal

Victoria Azarenka 1st Semi final in Istanbul

Victoria Azarenka is the first player to ensure that advanced to the semifinals TEB Championships WTA BNP Paribas. In her second match in the Round Robin, the Belarusian beat French Open champion 2011 Li Na 6-2, 6-2. Having beaten Samantha Stosur by an identical scoreline on Wednesday, Azarenka is now 2-0 in the White Group and the first to qualify for the semifinals.

This victory was revenge for losses at the fourth round Australian and Quarter Finals French Opens this year.

Azarenka was sharper in every department against Li this time, controlling most of the rallies with her powerful groundstrokes and sending any of the Chinese trailblazer’s own powerful groundstrokes back with added interest. Although Li hit twice as many winners as Azarenka (18 to 9) those were far outweighed by more than twice as many unforced errors (39 to 17).

Li and Stosur will play each other on Friday with the winner becoming the second qualifier from the White Group (Stosur has won all five previous meetings with Li, although their last one went to three tough sets).

“Li Na has such a good return and likes to dominate from the beginning, so I tried to serve well and take that away from her,” Azarenka said afterwards. “The crowd here in Istanbul just makes me want to play well and show them some good tennis. They’re a fantastic crowd and make me want to play really well!”.

Meanwhile, in the red group Petra Kvitova, the No.3 seed, beat the No.1-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2 in the one-hour, 24-minute victory. Petra Kvitova not only scored her second win over a reigning No.1, she also got the second spot in the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships semifinals.

“I feel I let it slip, but she definitely played really well.” Said Kvitova.

Wozniacki was similarly complimentary. “Of course she’s a great player,” she said. “She won Wimbledon, she has a good serve, she has heavy strokes. She hits the ball very strong. I went out there, I tried my best, but I couldn’t do what I wanted to do. It’s what happens. Petra played very well today.”

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