MINSK, 5 January (BelTA) – The Belarusian tennis player Victoria Azarenka has reached the quarterfinal stage of the singles of the WTA 500 category Adelaide International Tennis Tournament in Adelaide, Australia with a prize fund of $826,000, BelTA has learned.
In today's match of the 1/8 finals, world's No.26 Victoria Azarenka beat world's No.28 from China Qinwen Zheng in two sets - 6:2, 7:5. The game lasted 1 hour and 40 minutes. Azarenka's next opponent will be Czechia's Linda Noskova (WTA No.102). In the first round Victoria Azarenka defeated Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina (39) in two tie-breaks - 7:6 (11:9), 7:6 (7:5).
Belarus' best tennis player Aryna Sabalenka (5) in the 1/8 finals also defeated the Russian tennis player Liudmila Samsonova (20) in two tie-breaks - 7:6 (10:8), 7:6 (7:3). In the match for reaching the semi-finals, Sabalenka will meet with the Czech player Marketa Vondrousova (92). In the doubles quarterfinals Aryna Sabalenka and another Belarusian Lidziya Marozava defeated the Spanish-Japanese tandem Cristina Bucsa / Makoto Ninomiya - 6:2, 6:2. In the semi-finals, the Belarusian duet will play against the Australian-Czech tandem Storm Sanders / Katerina Siniakova.
The competitions in Adelaide will end on 8 January. They are a test of strength before the start of the season's first Grand Slam tournament - the Australian Open, which will be held from 16 January to 29 January in Melbourne.