Victoria Azarenka survives Jamie Hampton scare to make fourth round

The victory keeps Azarenka on course to meet former world number one Caroline Wozniacki in the quarter-finals, and potentially Serena Williams in the semis, as she defends her first Grand Slam title.

updated: January 19, 2013 11:00 IST
  • Total Shares

Melbourne: Defending champion Victoria Azarenka survived a scare Saturday in a tough, three-set battle with injured American Jamie Hampton before booking her place in the Australian Open fourth round.

The top-seeded Belarusian came through the match on Rod Laver Arena 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to set up a clash next with either 16th-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci or unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina.

But it was much tougher than the scoreline suggested against a player who was wincing in pain from a back problem that needed treatment in the second set.

Show Full Article