Azarenka Meets Happy Osaka Saturday At Australian Open; Murray, Wawrinka Continue On Semifinal Path
by Staff | January 22nd, 2016, 8:05 am
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Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has arguably been the hottest player this first month of the 2016 tennis season, losing just 20 games in seven matches so far. On Saturday, the former No. 1 resumes her bid to win a third Australian Open against rising star Naomi Osaka.

The 18-year-old Osaka, whose dad is from Haiti and mom from Japan and who was actually born in Osaka, qualified and hasn’t lost a set in her Grand Slam debut with wins over Donna Vekic and Elina Svitolina.

“I don’t really like thinking about it too much because it freaks my out,” Osaka said about reaching the third round.”

Now she’ll play Azarenka on the biggest court in Australia.

“I never feel pressure from playing someone that’s supposed to be like better than me, sort of. I’m just going to go in there happy and hopefully try to pull off an upset,” she said.

“It makes me happy because it’s kind of like I played all these matches to go on the big court, so going there makes me happy,” she said.

Two-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka faces a tough test against Lukas Rosol. And Andy Murray meets Joao Sousa for a third time at the Australian Open.

“We also played at the French last year,” Murray said. “Plays predominantly from the back of the court. Very solid from the baseline. Doesn’t obviously serve so big, but makes a lot of returns. He’s a very good mover. Good athlete. He wins. He knows how to win matches. He understands the game well and he gets the most out of his game.”

John Isner challenges the Feliciano Lopez. The two have split their six previous meetings. And in the evening Madison Keys takes on Ana Ivanovic.

“She’s very dangerous; big game,” Ivanovic said of the American. “We played once on clay when she was just coming up and we had tough second-set tiebreak. She played well last year here; a big serve; a big, powerful forehand actually on both wings. It’s going to be the first shot, and I’m going to have to be composed also in my service games if I do face her. It’s not going to be easy matchup, I think, but it’s all about, you know, trying to find your way. I felt like my level today was better than from the first round, so hopefully I can improve.”

Australian Bernard Tomic and wildcard John Millman close the show on Rod Laver.

SATURDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE
Rod Laver Arena 11:00 AM Start
Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs. Garbine Muguruza (ESP)[3]
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[14] vs. Naomi Osaka (JPN)
Lukas Rosol (CZE) vs. Stan Wawrinka (SUI)[4]
Rod Laver Arena 7:00 PM Start
Madison Keys (USA)[15] vs. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[20]
Bernard Tomic (AUS)[16] vs. John Millman (AUS)

Margaret Court Arena 11:00 AM Start
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)[21] vs. Karolina Pliskova (CZE)[9]
Milos Raonic (CAN)[13] vs. Viktor Troicki (SRB)[21]
Angelique Kerber (GER)[7] vs. Madison Brengle (USA)
Margaret Court Arena 7:00 PM Start
Joao Sousa (POR)[32] vs. Andy Murray (GBR)[2]
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) vs. Shuai Zhang (CHN)

Hisense Arena 11:00 AM Start
Johanna Konta (GBR) vs. Denisa Allertova (CZE)
Feliciano Lopez (ESP)[18] vs. John Isner (USA)[10]
Gael Monfils (FRA)[23] vs. Stephane Robert (FRA)


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17 Comments for Azarenka Meets Happy Osaka Saturday At Australian Open; Murray, Wawrinka Continue On Semifinal Path

RZ Says:

Come on Konta – let’s make it 2 GS 4th rounds in a row!


Humble Rafa Says:

Canadian Haircream is not moving his feet as well as he did in the first 2 sets. It’s going to be a long but his hair should hold up, not his game.


Margot Says:

@RZ
And she does it! Go Jo!


sienna Says:

Murray unawaire of things happening with father in law.
He is screaming and cursing like no tomorrow.
They will likely drop out of tourney and try to get back to Kim.
Wow Murray has great chance in reaching final.
Bad timing.


J-Kath Says:

I am totally confused. According to the Telegraph Murray won his match with Sousa. However,at 9.30am UK time the BBC TV showed it so-called-live mid-way through the second set. ?????

Sienna, what do you mean about the father-in-law?


sienna Says:

His father in law has collapsed in stance in other stadium.
Murray would want to be informed but they choose not bother him and play on.

maybe he is ok but stil Murray would wanne know.


J-Kath Says:

Right I get what happened to Kim’s dad…but folks does anyone know why a British nwsp. giving live text comment on the match already gives the result and the AO itself is still showing it un-finished….Margot? Sienna? Help please. Anyone?


J-Kath Says:

I’m seeing the future….I already know Murray won the match…yet again BBC TV says Andy and Sousa are now into the 4th set – UK tim 10.20. Why, why?


sienna Says:

Im being moderated so moderaters should give updaten

Murray playing on and maybe the grandfather of his baby is figthing for his life.
difficult how to handle it. but for the birth he is getting packed so his priority is with family.

maybe he is ok and just overheated.


sienna Says:

?? JK what are you talking about? Murray-sousa in progress.


J-Kath Says:

I promise you on my dead husband that the match is over…I waited till it was finished before going to local shop…oh god what is happening?


Margot Says:

OMG far too nerve wracking at times….
Sousa playing lights out. His first serve % ridiculous, Andy’s usual dip, then news about Kim’s dad! Eek as Giles is saying these days.
Do hope Nigel is OK.
Andy- 16/18 net points won. Great!
But couls not stand Sousa’s extra loud grunting, sounded like a cow giving birth….and some of you complain about the women…..


Margot Says:

Kath, time delay you reckon? I was watching on line, friend on TV. She was ahead of me.


J-Kath Says:

Margot…I promise you that what I said above is true. If you want my address you could send the Looney Van for me. Or should I go to the nearest betting shop?


Margot Says:

Betting shop darling :)
Andy looked terrific…..in parts…….


J-Kath Says:

Thanks Margot …this was a time delay of well over an hour….shan’t go on about it.

Do hope Nigel Sears is OK…worries all round.


MMT Says:

Did anyone else notice Enric Molina…this Enric Molina, celebrating Feliciano Lopez’s victory in his “box”? Am I the only one who finds it unsettling that the guy who was head of officiating for the ITF two years ago, resigned from that post specifically to start a player management company (http://www.itftennis.com/news/172112.aspx) and is now a supplicant? How long was he planning this move WHILE he was head of officiating at the ITF?

I could have sworn I saw Mohammad Leyani in the box of Bernard Tomic, then a week ago he’s casually discussing with him whether he should retire from a match in Sydney?

Nadal’s banning umpires, Federer is representing other players?

What the hell is going on in tennis?

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