BARTOLI FALLS TO AZARENKA

Marion Bartoli faced the full power of Victoria Azarenka as the latter overcame a strong start and a lead from the former to power into the semifinals of the Sydney International.

The Belarusian allowed the Frenchwoman to gain a 2-5 advantage in the first set. On a windy day on the center court, the Frenchwoman got an early lead, but Azarenka fought back late in the game. She won five consecutive games to win the set 7-5. At the break, it was evident that Bartoli was frustrated. She slammed her racquet against the bag repeatedly.

At the beginning of the second set, however, it looked like she had moved past her emotional outburst as she started strongly. Too bad for Bartoli, however, was the fact that she was matched evenly by the world no. 3. Through the middle of the next set, play was stopped briefly as there was a power cut, but the game resumed quite quickly.

As the game resumed, Victoria Azarenka broke Marion Bartoli’s serve to get the game up to 3-3. Bartoli managed to break Azarenka’s serve through very aggressive gameplay, but the match soon stood at 5-4 to Azarenka, with her serving for the match. Even the best tennis betting odds only offered 1/20 on an Arazenka win, and Azarenka’s momentum proved too much for Bartoli as she succumbed to the Belarusian’s attack and conceded the game with the score line reading 7-5, 6-4.

This was the tenth time the two had met each other on the court, and Victoria Azarenka led the tally sheets, winning eight while Bartoli has won just 2 of those encounters. Marion Bartoli will need to improve herself if she wants to continue being in the higher rankings of the tennis world.

Earlier in the tournament, she had annihilated Jelena Dokic to move into the final eight of the tournament, but couldn’t continue her form to go through to the semifinals.