Barbora Krejcikova: I spent a lot of time watching Victoria Azarenka on TV

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Barbora Krejcikova: I spent a lot of time watching Victoria Azarenka on TV

World No. 4 Barbora Krejcikova kept believing she would get a chance to turn the things around against Jelena Ostapenko and it eventually happened. Krejcikova, the 2021 French Open champion, recovered from a set down to beat world No.

27 Ostapenko 2-6 6-4 6-4. "I knew that at some point, I'm going to get a chance. Now it's just to wait for a chance, try to convert it. During the match I was just pretty much saying to myself, 'Just keep going, just try to stay close, try to hold your serve, try to play.'

Playing [on] Rod Laver in singles, it's very special, a very special match. I was just telling myself, 'Try to stay here as long as you can'," Krejcikova said after the match, per the WTA website.

Krejcikova excited to face Victoria Azarenka

Krejcikova will be fighting former world No.

1 Azarenka for a place in the Australian Open quarterfinal. Knowing that she could meet Azarenka in the round-of-16 motivated Krejcikova to dig deep and find a way to beat Ostapenko. "It was also one of the things that I was thinking about during the match.

'Okay, you got to work harder so you can play Vika.' Yeah, I mean, I feel really, really honored that I am going to play with her on the same court against her. I think it's going to be a great match," Krejcikova said.

"Playing Vika, it's very special. It's unique. It's a unique situation. I'm really happy thatI'm going to be able to face her again and see where my level is right now. I really admire her. I really like the way she plays.

I remember when I was a junior here and she was playing, she was actually winning the titles. I spent a lot of time watching her on TV. "Now having the chance to play against her ... it feels really, really, really nice. I'm looking forward for this challenge, for this battle."