Victoria Azarenka’s first appearance at the Australian Open since 2016 ended with an unceremonious exit for the Belarusian at the hands of Laura Siegemund, who beat the former World No.1 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2. “I’m so happy to be back,” Siegemund said. “A couple of years ago I had a great match here playing against Jelena Jankovic.
“I guess I played a good first set, but even though I was up in the tiebreak, I let go a little bit and she was right there and got me. “I took a time-out and reset myself – I knew I was playing a good match and I just had to close those situations.
In the third set I stayed very focused, because I knew she was not going to hand me the match. I was going to have to gain it, and that’s what I did”. Making a comeback in her own right, the German suffered a knee injury during Roland Garros in 2017, forcing her to retire in Paris and alsokeeping her out of action for the entire 2018 “I had a tough journey to come back,” Siegemund added. “My ranking now is on the way back up, but to play in this arena, this is what I want to do.
It’s a hard way back after an injury like I had, and I’m just enjoying it so much”. ALSO READ ATP Australian Open: Alexander Zverev wins, Kei Nishikori survives scare