Barbora Krejcikova eased past Victoria Azarenka in the Australian Open round-of-16 but afterwards spoke extremely highly of the former world No. 1. Krejcikova, seeded at No. 4, dismantled Azarenka 6-2 6-2 to reach the Australian Open quarterfinal.
Krejcikova made a strong start to the match, having broken Azarenka twice to easily win the opener. After winning the first set, Krejcikova broke Azarenka in the opening game of the second set. Azarenka got the break back in the fourth game but Krejcikova responded with back-to-back breaks to win four games in a row and seal a straight-set win.
"I really respect Vika. I think Rod Laver Arena is like her living room. She really likes it there. She's really experienced on that court. For me it means a lot, it's really special," Krejcikova said after the match, per the WTA website.
"I think I was doing really well today. I think I was just handling Vika's play really well. I think I was overplaying her at some important moments. I think I just did a really good job. I'm really happy with the win today and with the scoreline."
Krejcikova plays Madison Keys next
Krejcikova, the 2021 French Open champion, is set to play in-form Keys in the Australian Open quarterfinal. "Madison, she's playing great. I've seen her today. She was flawless.
She was really playing well. I mean, I'm following a lot of tennis matches, so I know what is happening," Krejcikova said. "I think she's really powerful. I think she's always been very powerful. I think she does her things well.
I think she likes to be aggressive. Today, she was really serving well and she was also hitting her forehand really well. This is what she was doing really, really good. We have to find a way how to eliminate these things, how to give her my game."