Venus Upsets Azarenka In Tokyo, Bouchard Slows Sloane
by Staff | September 24th, 2013, 1:00 pm

Venus Williams rose up to take down World No. 2 Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-4 earlier today in Tokyo. The win was Venus’s first over a Top 2 player this decade. But the 33-year-old admitted that the victory was aided by an ill Azarenka.

“I don’t think Victoria was feeling her best – hopefully she’ll be feeling better and ready for Beijing – Lord knows I know what it’s like not to feel great,” Williams said. “But other than that, obviously it’s great to win today, but the tournament’s not over, it just started, so I have to continue playing well now.”

The oft-injured Azarenka revealed she hasn’t been feeling well all week in Japan hinting maybe it was something she ate.

“I haven’t been feeling well the last few days and haven’t been able to practice,” said Azarenka who lost to Serena a few weeks ago in the US Open final. “It has been very frustrating. But I got out there for the people. Everyone was waiting a long time for this match, so there was no way I wasn’t going to go out there. I appreciate people coming out and paying for the tickets – they should see the players play. And I tried my best. I did whatever I could do today.

“But you have to be at your best to play against a top player like her. So all the credit to her.”

Venus will play Simona Halep tomorrow in the third round.

In the undercard of the day, in a battle of two future stars Genie Bouchard knocked out Sloane Stephens 5-7, 7-6, 6-3. The Canadian Bouchard blew a 5-0 first set lead but came back from 5-3 down in the second to take the set then the third.

“It was definitely an up and down match,” Bouchard said. “I’ve known her since I was 12, and I’ve practiced with her a lot, so it’s always tough playing someone like that – it’s always a bit more mental.

“I was disappointed with that first set, but she definitely raised her level. But then I kept trying and fighting, and even when my level wasn’t quite there, I stayed positive. I think that paid off today.”

Agnieszka Radwanska, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic were also winners.

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9 Comments for Venus Upsets Azarenka In Tokyo, Bouchard Slows Sloane

Teeg Says:

Fantastic win for Venus. But, like she said the tournament just started. Would love for her to win another big title. Yes Vika wasnt at her best, but Venus still had to remain focused because its not easy playing an “injured” opponent or someone who wasnt feeling well.

People seem to forget, before all the injuries and her immune disease diagnosis, Venus was ranked no.2. Venus was playing excellent tennis between 2008-11. She was hungry, determined and really focused. Then she’d have those inexplicable losses where she looked extremely tired and fatigued. Its been a long climb back, but hopefully this win can be the start of some great results from her.

Gordo Says:

She won again today, but the emerging Eugenie Bouchard is going to be tough. The youngest woman in the top 100, Bouchard has Hingis smarts, but she is a very hard hitting player from both wings. She needs to work on her serve more, but when she gets better at that then Canada is going to have another star. It’s just a matter of time.

M Says:

Thanks for the update and analysis, Gordo. It’s hard with the time zone the Asian swing is in to keep up.

Feeling bad for Vika – but as the main article says, Venus is a 5-time Wimbledon champion and was #2 in the world at one time. It’ tough struggling with something chronic when you don’t know when or how hard it’s going to attack you, but it’s great to see her working hard and playing well.

Go, Vee!

Teeg Says:

Venus just refuses to lose. She defeats Bouchard in 3 tight sets in 3 hours. Only caught the 3rd set, but from what I saw, it was high quality. I heard in the first set Venus threw down a 209 kmh serve – matching the women’s record (which she set).She still has that live arm. It was really great seeing Venus fight for the win. And she had more winners than errors, which rarely happens in a Venus match. I really hope she wins the title after the difficult year she’s had. Go Vee!!!

Giles Says:
Martina Hingus in full flow, not in tennis though. Absolutely shocking!

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Kerber beat Radwanska 6/4 6/4,Kerber looked very good out there today everything going in.

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Petra just beat Venus in 3 sets,a very high quality match with lots of winners,quite fitting that the last set was decided with a tiebreak,great to see Venus really rolling back the years playing some really brilliant tennis,hope she can carry this forward,great too seeing Petra playing like a GS champion again too.

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