How To Watch Iga Swiatek vs Victoria Azarenka
Iga Swiatek of Poland is looking for her second Adelaide International crown, but she'll have to beat Azarenka, who appears to be in strong form.
At the Adelaide International on Thursday, Iga Swiatek demonstrated her Australian Open credentials with a 6-1, 6-2 annihilation of US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez.
The Pole, who won the 2020 French Open as a 19-year-old, took just 77 minutes to dispose of the Canadian and set up a quarter-final clash against former world number one Victoria Azarenka.
Priscilla Hon, an Australian wildcard, put Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion, to the test before prevailing 6-3, 7-5.
Swiatek, the defending champion this week, was in fine form against a foe who was expected to cause her problems.
She hit 20 clean winners and only made 10 unforced errors, keeping Fernandez on the defensive with the power and precision of her groundstrokes.
In a strong performance, she broke Fernandez twice in each set and faced no break points. Swiatek stated, "I felt incredibly secure and thrilled that I was able to do it so quickly."
She remarked of her 19-year-old opponent, "I was pretty stressed because this was the first time I was facing someone younger than myself."
Azarenka, who will be a major contender at the Australian Open later this month, found the going tougher than she had anticipated against Hon, the world number 263.
But the Belarusian did just enough in each set to see off Hon in an hour and 27 minutes.