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22
June

It is not the first time that Ana Konjuh will play against the world number one player (Caroline Woniacki, Jelena Jankovic, Angelique Kerber). In the 2nd round of the WTA tournament in Mallorca, she is playing Belarusian Victoria Azarenka. For Azarenka this is the first tournament appearance since her son's birth six months ago. Azarenka was at the top of the WTA rankings for the first time after her first triumph in Melbourne in January 2012. She has won the Australian Open twice. Also she was number one again the year after, in 2013.

At the Mallorca Open tournament on Tuesday evening, Ana defeated the Tunisian Ons Jauber and then waited for the winner of the match between Azarenka and Japanese Rise Ozaki in the second round. However, she went to sleep without knowing who she would play. Because of poor light the Ozaki - Azarenka match was suspended in the third set. Ozaki led with 5:4 and should serve for the match. The next day when the match resumed, it was a miraculous match: Ozaki took 15:0 in the tenth game of the third set. Then Azarenka with three points in a row reached to two break points. She used the second one. After that, the Belarusian served, and Ozaki made a break without a lost point and again served for the match and led with 40:0. So, Ozaki had three match points!!! And she failed. Azarenka got the next five points and secured the tie break in which Ozaki led with 2:0, 3:1, 4:2 and 5:3. Azarenka then had a 6:5 lead and service. Ozaki saved the match point. Again, the match point for Azarenka. Ozaki saved it again. The third match point in the row for Azarenka was the third time lucky for her.

 

Konjuh and Azarenka will enter the court on Thursday, June 22, not before 17:00. The winner of the quarter-finals will play against the winner of the match between the 31-year-old Varvara Lapchenko from the United States, 67th world tennis player and the 27-year-old Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, 19th world tennis player and the 2nd seed at the Mallorca Open.

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