World No. 9 Iga Swiatek was thrilled after beating former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in Adelaide. Swiatek, the defending Adelaide champion, beat Azarenka 6-3 2-6 6-1 to reach the semiifnal at the tournament. Swiatek came out on the court with the desire to be aggressive.
"Winning against such an experienced player is still pretty new for me," Swiatek said after the match, per the WTA website. "That was my third match where I actually could show what I practiced during pre-season.
That's really satisfying because I had this problem last year where I was practicing really great and I felt like I could do more on matches. This time it's different. It's actually going my way, so I'm pretty happy about that.
"Basically my main tactic was the same as in previous match: I want to be the first one to attack and to play that faster ball that's going to give me opportunity to go forward. Basically I did that pretty well."
Swiatek bounced back after a bad second set
Azarenka bounced back after a lost first set as she broke Swiatek twice to force a decider. After easily losing the second set, Swiatek bounced back in the third as she broke Azarenka three times to book a three-set win.
"But I felt like in the second set I backed out a little bit, so that was my mistake. She used that. I knew she's going to do that. Basically I felt the same way when I was playing Simona last year Australian Open. She just used every opportunity to come back to the match," Swiatek added.
"I knew in third set I need to start the same way the first set. I think it was pretty easy, just a matter of who is going to attack first and who is going to have more time to go forward." Swiatek plays next against world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty.