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22
June

Victoria Azarenka has recently returned to the court after giving birth to her son last year and the Mallorca Open is the first tournament she has appeared in. She defeated her first opponent on the Spanish grass court, the Japanese Riza Oznaki, but not her second rival. Ana was a greater challenge for the Belarusian, the double winner of the Australian Open and the former number one. Ana won with 6:1 and 6:3 and will play in the quarterfinals!

The start of the match was brilliant for Ana. She won the first nine points in the match. It was 2:0 in the games and 15:0 in the third where Azarenka had a chance to break, to compensate for the loss from the second game. She did not succeed, and then failed to win the next game too. Ana missed the first break point for 4:0, but not the other. Meanwhile, Azarenka had two advantages. In the fifth game, which Ana won, Azarenka led 15:0 and 30:15. Then the Belarusian interrupted Ana's winning series and won the set in the next seventh game, using the second set point.

In the second set Azarenka took 40:15, but Ana broke the Belarusian's serve again. She led with 2:0 and 4:1. Then Azarenka caught her breath. She reached 3:4. Ana then led with 5:3 without any lost point. Azarenka then served, and Ana had a match point. She missed the first one, but not the second. The match lasted for one hour and 15 minutes. The winner of the Australian Open in 2013 had to congratulate the winner of the Australian Open in the junior competition of the same year.

After two victories, Jauber and Azarenka, Ana will play the second seed of the Mallorca Open in the quarterfinals, the 27-year-old Latvian Anastasia Sevastova, the 19th world tennis player.

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