Victoria Azarenka expects 'no big surprises' in Elina Svitolina clash



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Victoria Azarenka expects 'no big surprises' in Elina Svitolina clash

Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka was glad with the performance she delivered against Jil Teichmann in the Australian Open second round. Azarenka, now ranked at No. 25 in the world, cruised past Teichmann 6-1 6-2 to progress into the Australian Open third round.

"I think it was a very solid match from the beginning to the end," said Azarenka, per the WTA website. "I thought that my game plan was very well executed and I took my chances. I think I played really well on the important moments.

When I had opportunities, I was really going for them."

Azarenka routinely handled Teichmann

Azarenka made a fast start to the match, having broken Teichmann twice to comfortably win the opener. Teichmann served out the opening game of the second set before Azarenka claimed back-to-back breaks and won five games in a row.

Teichmann served out the seventh game but Azarenka routinely closed out the match in the eighth game. Next up for Azarenka is former world No. 3 Elina Svitolina. "[Svitolina and I] had a few battles already, actually on different surfaces," said Azarenka.

"We practiced quite a few times together. I think there won't be too many big surprises on the court. "She fights no matter what. I think that is a very important quality in her game. The rest is about trying to really focus on myself to be more in charge, be more in control.

I think that's what I've been kind of trying to implement for the last few months. I think that's working in the right direction, so I'll continue to do that." Svitolina has been one of the best players on tour over the last several years but she has never beaten Azarenka.

Azarenka owns a dominant 4-0 head-to-head record against Svitolina. Azarenka and Svitolina are set to clash on a hard court for the fourth time.