MINSK, 24 January (BelTA) – Belarus' world number 24 Victoria Azarenka solved world number 3 Jessica Pegula of the United States, 6-4, 6-1, to reach the 2023 Australian Open semifinal, BelTA has learned.
In the semifinal the Belarusian will face Kazakhstan's world number 25 Elena Rybakina who ousted Latvia's world number 17 Jelena Ostapenko, 6-2, 6-4 earlier.
On her way to the semifinal Victoria Azarenka beat world number 203 Sofia Kenin of the United States, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), saw off world number 191 Nadia Podoroska of Argentine, 6-1, 6-0, defeated world number 13 Madison Keys of the United States, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, and solved China's world number 87 Zhu Lin, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Victoria Azarenka won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013.
On 25 January, Belarus' world number 5 Aryna Sabalenka will face world number 64 Donna Vekic of Croatia. In another quarterfinal Poland's world number 45 Magda Linette will take on world number 31 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.
On her way to the quarterfinal Aryna Sabalenka dispatched world number 74 Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-4, beat world number 51 Shelby Rogers of the United States, 6-3, 6-1, saw off world number 32 Elise Mertens of Belgium, 6-2, 6-3, and defeated world number 10 Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, 7-5, 6-2.
In the women's doubles round of Last 16 Belarus' Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia lost to Desirae Krawczyk of the United States and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands, 3-6, 1-6 .
The Australian Open prize money for 2023 is $51.5 million. Winners in the men's and women's singles events will get $2 million each. The tournament at the Melbourne Park hard courts will be over on 29 January.