Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka admitted she was hesitant in some points against world No. 263 Priscilla Hon.
Azarenka, now ranked at No. 27 in the world, beat wildcard Hon 6-3 7-5 to reach the Adelaide quarterfinal.
“I felt like I played well, but there were some occasions where I kind of got myself a little bit into trouble with hesitation. But I have to give it to Priscilla; she really defended well and kind of got me into that mode of not committing fully,” Kerber said, per Tennis Up To Date.
“I’m glad that I was able to finish strong, and some of those moments like this are important also in the beginning of the season, when you (have) some tight moments to overcome. So I’m actually grateful for that.”
Azarenka struggled a bit but won in straight sets
Hon led 2-1 after the opening three games of the match but then Azarenka claimed back-to-back breaks to win five games in a row and seal the opener.
After easily winning the first set, Azarenka started the second set with a 2-0 lead.
Hon finally responded as she broke back Azarenka in the third game to end her seven-game winning run.
Azarenka had three consecutive break points in the eighth game but failed to convert.
Azarenka kept pressing Hon as she broke the Australian in the 12th game to book a straight-set win.
Azarenka has now had two solid wins as she beat 2021 Indian Wells Masters champion Paula Badosa in the first round.
“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 after beating Badosa.
Azarenka plays next 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek.