Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Day 3: Serena, Azarenka On Pace For Quarter-Final Tilt


A lot can happen over the course of two rounds, but if today was any indication, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka are headed for what might be the most anticipated match of the women's draw in the quarter finals.

The fiesty Belarusian continued her stellar play today by completely annihilating Romanian Ioana Raluca Olaru, 6-0, 6-0. Azarenka will undoubtedly face a stiffer test against another Romanian, Sorana Cirstea, in the third round. The 19-year-old is looking to make it beyond the third round at Wimbledon for the first time in her career.

Serena Williams also breezed to a straight set victory today, taking apart Australian Jarmila Groth without much of a sweat, 6-1, 6-2.

Both players looked intimidating in the process, and it is hard to imagine either of them getting beat before the quarters.

If Azarenka and Williams do meet in the quarter finals, it would be their third meeting of the year.

Azarenka was up a set in her fourth round match against Serena at the Australian Open in January before she was forced to retire with a stomach illness. Serena went on to win the tournament.

When the two met again in Miami Masters final in April, Azarenka steamed to straight set victory against Serena, who was suffering from a quadricep injury that definitely affected her caliber of play.

What Azarenka lacks in experience she makes up for with attitude.

What Serena lacks in youth she makes up for with attitude.

If the two end up clashing in the quarter finals, there will be a hell of a lot of attitude on display, not to mention two of the most dynamic games on the woman's side today.

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