Maria Sharapova gets by Azarenka in L.A Women’s Tennis Championships
Maria Sharapova upset Victoria Azarenka 6-7 6-4 6-2 to advance to the third round of the Los Angeles Women’s Tennis Championships.
Sharapova rallied to win the competitive 2-hour and 32-minute match.
“I loved it,” Sharapova said. “You expect that against her. She’s a great retriever and makes you hits tons of balls. I had to come in with a good game plan and a smart one. I think I did good job adjusting out to the circumstances. I am pleased.
“I knew I was going to have to dig deep and try to find ways. I’m pretty happy with the way I was able to hang in with her and really step up when had to. That was the difference between us.”
One of the circumstances confronting the players was a baby crying during the first set. Asked if she had heard it, Sharapova stared at the questioner and smiled.
“Did I hear the baby?” she asked. “My mother in Russia heard the baby.”
Sharapova’s rebuilt serve was erratic, her four aces offset by a dozen double-faults, but she was much steadier with her groundstrokes than Azarenka.
“I’m not happy with my game at all. The execution wasn’t there today,” said Azarenka. “Maybe it was from not playing, but I have to work hard, for sure. Just too many mistakes.”
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