18 January 2018, Thursday, 20:37

Azarenka advances at US Open


The Belarusian will continue her quest for the first US Open title against American Christina McHale.

World No.17 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus held her nerve to survive a tough first-round contest of the 2014 US Open at New York's Flushing Meadows courts edging World No.90 Misaki Doi of Japan 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-1 in three sets that lasted for two and a half hours, BelTA has learned.

The Belarusian will continue her quest for the first US Open title against American Christina McHale (43).

World No.120 Alexandra Sasnovich of Belarus took a solid 6-4, 6-3 victory over World No.67 Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia on 26 August to make her successful debut in the US Open main draw. The 20-year-old Belarusian will next face World No.11 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. World No.117 Olga Govortsova lost to Eugenie Bouchard of Canada (8) 2-6, 1-6.

In the two previous US Open finals Victoria Azarenka was stopped by Serena Williams of the United States. In 2012 the American won 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. A year ago Serena Williams celebrated a 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1 victory. It is 9th US Open for Victoria Azarenka.

Belarus' Max Mirnyi and Mikhail Youzhny of Russia will take on the world's top seeds brothers Bob and Mike Bryan in the opener. The 37-year-old Belarusian has two US Open victories on his record: with Lleyton Hewitt of Australia in 2000 and Mahesh Bhupathi in 2002. Max Mirnyi lost twice (in 2005 and 2006) with Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden in the finals at the Flushing Meadows courts. During his long professional career Max Mirnyi won 48 ATP doubles tournaments teaming up with different tennis players.

At the 2014 US Open Max Mirnyi will also play at the mixed doubles. Paired with China's Hao-Ching Chan, Max Mirnyi will go against fifth-seeded Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic and Horia Tecau of Romania. In the previous years Max Mirnyi won the mixed doubles three times: with Serena Williams in 1999, Victoria Azarenka in 2007 and Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic in 2013.

The $38.3 million US Open will finish on 8 September.