Victoria Azarenka reacts to destroying Paula Badosa in Adelaide

Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka admitted she felt and unprepared before Adelaide but then easily beat world No. 8 Paula Badosa in her opener at the tournament. 

Azarenka, now ranked at No. 27 in the world, saw off 2021 Indian Wells Masters champion Badosa 6-3 6-2 to progress into the Adelaide round-of-16.

“Honestly, it’s been the most chaotic pre-season I’ve ever had. I was actually really nervous before the tournament, I felt really unprepared. For me to come out here and produce this type of tennis really makes me proud of the competitor I am,” Azarenka said, per Tennis Up To Date. 

Azarenka routinely handled Badosa 

Badosa actually made a good start to the match as she claimed the first break in the third game. 

Badosa got broken back in the fourth game but broke Azarenka again in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. 

Badosa game fell apart after taking a 3-2 lead as Azarenka claimed back-to-back breaks to win four games in a row and win the opener. 

After winning the first set, Azarenka earned two breaks in the second set to book a comfortable straight-set win. 

“It’s very easy to find some things you still want to work on, I’m a perfectionist on the court, but for the first match I knew I had a really, really tough opponent, so I was really prepared and I’m glad the way I started the year. Whatever I was working on paid off.”

No. 4 seed Badosa admitted before the match she was a bit stunned after drawing Azarenka.

“The offseason has been short but it was intense. I love Australia and I’m quite excited to start the year. I’ll have a really tough first match against Azarenka, I wasn’t expecting a match like that to start, but to win a tournament you have to beat the best players,” Badosa said before the match.

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