FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY â€“ Top seed Victoria Azarenka, rocked the court on Sunday, along with her post-match news conference.
After defeating No. 74 Anna Tatishvili, the World No. 1 from Belarus pulled a day-glo RED Foo from LMFAO up with her to her news conference. The Party Rock singer opened and drank the Evian water left for Azarenka as if there was nothing unusual about it.
Azarenkaâ€™s match was originally scheduled for Ashe Stadium, but was moved to Louis Armstrong in order for the night session beginning with Maria Sharapova versus Nadia Petrova would begin on time.
â€œAt the beginning of the year, I really believed in myself and had so much passion on the court and I think I’ve found that same belief in this tournament,” said Azarenka. “The pressure is there as the top seed, but I’m just focusing on myself and hope to keep this form for the rest of the way.”
“There were a few things I felt like I could have done better,” Azarenka said of the match in which she hit 24 errors and was broken a few times. “Could have been more aggressive and step up a little bit more when I had the chance. But in the end I found that rhythm that I was looking for, and that’s important.”
Azarenka has only lost 10 games through four matches this tournament. Sheâ€™ll play Samantha Stosur next.
In a match of extremes which saw 12 breaks of serve, Marion Bartoli of France defeated No. 5 Petra Kvitova 1-6, 6-2, 6-0. Bartoli captured the12 of the last 13 games of the match including 25 of 32 points in the third set.
Bartoli will play Maria Sharapova for a semifinal spot.