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I didn’t make it. Kasatkina lost at Wimbledon to champion AO Azarenka

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 11:24:14

I didn’t make it. Kasatkina lost at Wimbledon to champion AO Azarenka

Alexander Nasonov July 7, 2023, 18:34 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

Victoria turned out to be stronger than Daria and went to the round of 16, where she will face an interesting opponent.

On Friday, July 7, the Wimbledon Women’s Singles Tournament concludes the second round matches and simultaneously plays the third round. In one of the couples of the 1/16 final, the Russian tennis player Daria Kasatkina and the two-time Australian Open champion, the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, faced each other. Kasatkina did not experience any problems in the first two matches of the tournament. In the first round, the Russian woman confidently defeated American Caroline Doulhide (6: 1, 6: 4), and in the second she defeated British Jodie Burrage (6: 0, 6: 2).

Azarenka had it a bit more difficult. In the first round, he defeated Yuan Yue, a qualifier from China, not without difficulty. The three-set match ended with a score of 6:4, 5:7, 6:4 in favor of the Belarusian. And in the second round, Victoria hung the “shuttle” on Argentine Nadia Podoroska -if anyone has forgotten, this is the same athlete who sensationally reached the semifinals of Roland Garros – 2020. The two-time AO champion defeated her with a score of 6:3, 6:0. In general, the fact that Kasatkina and Azarenka met at this Wimbledon was not a surprise, simply due to the fact that both athletes are seeds (the Russian is ranked 11th, the Belarusian is 19th). Rather, one should be surprised if one of them doesn’t make it to the third round.

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Kasatkina was in a good mood before the meeting with Azarenka. And there were reasons: the rain, which more than once forced the organizers to redraw the schedule on the fly, did not affect the games of the Russians. The public also reacted favorably to Daria, despite the fact that in the second round she played with the British. “Thank you for the warm welcome on UK Center Court. Very happy to be here again. I’ve already played two games here and I was lucky with the schedule: after every game there is a rest day. I think I am one of the luckiest players here, given the circumstances at Wimbledon this year,” said the athlete at a press conference after reaching the third round.

Daria Kasatkina after defeating Jody Burrage in the second round of Wimbledon 2023

Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

But the account of personal meetings with Azarenka did not give Kasatkina reason for optimism. All previous matches ended in favor of the Belarusian, who achieved three victories. Victoria defeated Daria in the Fed Cup playoff match, then defeated her at Madrid 2019, and at Rome 2020, the Russian was injured early in the first set tie-break and was forced to withdraw.

Despite such statistics, two-time TBS mixed doubles champion Andrey Olkhovsky expected a tense fight. “Both tennis players are now in good shape. Daria shows a very solid and peppy game after the tournament in Birmingham, and Victoria clearly hasn’t given up her ambitions in sports yet. I hope the match will be very interesting, ”TASS quotes Olkhovsky.

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At the start of the match, Kasatkina and Azarenka played one game each on the field, and then, quite unexpectedly for grass tennis, traded breaks. Moreover, if the Russian woman, accepting, lost only one tie, then the Belarusian woman brought someone else’s serve to zero – 2: 2. And after that, Victoria took four games in a row. In the eighth game, Daria committed two double faults, including at the opponent’s set point: 6:2 in favor of the two-time AO champion in just 32 minutes. In general, Azarenka in the first game made fewer errors than Kasatkina (six unforced against eight), and in terms of winners, she outscored her opponent more than three times: 10 against three.

At the beginning of the second set, the opponents won a service game – 1: 1. Only at this time Kasatkina managed to interrupt the series of six lost games in a row. So the Russians hoped to seize the initiative in a duel. In the fourth game, Azarenka won a double break point (a double fault in the performance of the Russian woman helped her in this) and she succeeded in the second attempt – 3: 1. However, Daria immediately made a reverse break, after which he took his game: 3:3. And yet, Kasatkina was not destined to succeed: serving with a score of 5:4 in favor of Azarenka, the Russian woman allowed her opponent to win a match point on the reception, which she used – 6:2, 6: 4 in 1 hour and 17 minutes.

This is how Azarenka reached the fourth round of Wimbledon. In the 1/8 finals, in any case, an interesting confrontation awaits her. The Belarusian will play former world number three, Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, who received a wild card to the tournament, or 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, who qualified for the main draw.

Also today, Ekaterina Aleksandrova (21), who was stronger than Madison Brengle (6:7, 7:6, 7:6), and Anna Blinkova, who defeated Irina Bega (7:5, 6:3), won their second round matches. In the third round, Alexandrova will play Dalma Galfi from Hungary and Blinkova with the second racket in the world Arina Sobolenko.

Wimbledon 2023 will end on July 16. Follow all the events in the “Championship”.

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