(August 31, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY –Victoria Azarenka of Belarus struggled to get past Frenchwoman No. 26 Alize Cornet 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and 40 minutes on Saturday at the US Open.
“I’m glad that I could turn things around in the second and third set,” said the world No. 2. “There was more me playing, more finding the rhythm. I felt much better in the third set than in the first set, which is, you know, going, you know, past the two‑hour mark. It’s pretty good, so I’m happy with that.”
“I don’t think I played my best tennis today for sure,” said Azarenka, “but I have to give her credit. She played really well. You know, the dynamic of the match was a little bit weird for me.
“I felt like I didn’t take my opportunities in the first set, which was kind of a waste and it gave her, I think, a lot of confidence and she really came up with the great shots when she needed with the big serves.
“I actually never seen her serve like that before, so that’s definitely a big improvement from her side.”
Azarenka will face Ana Ivanovic in the round of 16.
“Ana is a great player,” Azarenka said. “She really improved. I think especially this year she’s been showing some consistent results. We had a great match in Carlsbad. It was my first tournament after coming back.
“She’s definitely in great form, and I’m sure she’s motivated and pumped up. It’s going to be a good match. She’s a great champion, as well. I’m looking forward to that.”