Kasatkina's Vlog Features Azarenka, Wozniacki, and Badosa

Kasatkina’s Vlog Features Azarenka, Wozniacki, and Badosa

Daria Kasatkina and her girlfriend Natalia Zabiiako have released the latest episode of their joint vlog, which features a candid interview with former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. The episode, which Kasatkina has declared the “best … so far!” delves into the world of clay-court tennis and reveals a humorous anecdote about Roger Federer.

Azarenka, who had previously invited herself onto the vlog, shared her insights on clay-court play and recounted a funny story from the Mutua Madrid Open in 2012, when the tournament experimented with blue clay. She also revisited her famous match against Kasatkina at the 2020 Internazionali BNL d’Italia, where she comforted Kasatkina after she rolled her ankle in the first-set tiebreak.

“After this injury, you managed to recover and play so quickly! People don’t know this! These are the stories that need to be told!” Azarenka exclaimed. “You need to tell people such life stories. They can help children, for example, because they don’t know.”

The episode also features a visit from Caroline Wozniacki, who shared a video of their memorable ride from the airport to the tournament’s player hotel. Jennifer Brady, who recently underwent a second knee surgery, provided an update on her recovery while meeting Kasatkina for breakfast on crutches. Paula Badosa took a nostalgic trip down memory lane, showing a photo of herself and Kasatkina from their youth.

“In Facebook, I have you as my sister … from when we were 13 years old!” Badosa said.

The nearly 90-minute episode offers a glimpse into the lives of these tennis stars, providing insights into their on-court experiences and personal journeys.

Rybakina Reaches Miami Open Final After Thrilling Azarenka Victory

Rybakina Reaches Miami Open Final After Thrilling Azarenka Victory

Elena Rybakina, the 2023 Wimbledon champion, is on the cusp of claiming her maiden Miami Open title after a hard-fought victory over former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals. The Kazakh star overcame a second-set setback and a late surge from Azarenka to prevail 6-4, 0-6, 7-6 (2) in a thrilling encounter that lasted over two and a half hours.

Rybakina, who has been in impressive form throughout the tournament, started the match strongly, breaking Azarenka’s serve in the opening set. However, the Belarusian responded with a dominant second set, winning it to love. The third set was a tense affair, with both players trading breaks. Rybakina eventually regained her composure and won the tiebreaker 7-2 to seal the victory.

“It was an unbelievable atmosphere,” Rybakina said after the match. “I really enjoyed it. It was such a tough battle. For me, this tournament has been a marathon since Day 1, and I’m really happy I made it to the final.”

Rybakina’s victory sets up a championship clash against either Ekaterina Alexandrova or Danielle Collins. The Kazakh has a 4-0 record against Azarenka and will be confident of extending her winning streak in the final.

Azarenka and Rybakina Advance to Miami Open Semi-Finals

Azarenka and Rybakina Advance to Miami Open Semi-Finals

Three-time Miami Open champion Victoria Azarenka and fourth-seeded Elena Rybakina battled through grueling matches to secure their spots in the semi-finals. Azarenka, 34, overcame a spirited challenge from Yulia Putintseva, winning 7-6 (7/4), 1-6, 6-3. Rybakina, 24, held off a strong performance from eighth-seed Maria Sakkari of Greece, emerging victorious with a 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4 scoreline.

Azarenka’s victory was hard-fought, as she faced a determined Putintseva and a technical disruption that halted the match for 45 minutes. Despite saving three set points in the first set, Azarenka lost the second set before finding her rhythm in the third. Putintseva refused to give up, fighting off match point before breaking, but Azarenka held on to secure her place in the last four.

Rybakina’s match against Sakkari was equally intense, lasting over two hours and 48 minutes. Rybakina led in the first set but Sakkari’s service faltered at a crucial moment, allowing the Kazakh to break and take the set. Sakkari fought back in the second set, but Rybakina’s resilience shone through as she won the tie-break. Despite an apparent ankle problem, Rybakina broke Sakkari at 3-3 in the third set and held on to close out the match.

Azarenka and Rybakina will now face off in the semi-finals, with the winner advancing to the final. Azarenka is seeking her fourth Miami title, while Rybakina is aiming to improve on her runner-up finish from last year.

Power Outage Halts Azarenka's Miami Open Quarterfinal

Power Outage Halts Azarenka’s Miami Open Quarterfinal

Tennis Interrupted: Azarenka’s Patience Tested by Miami Open Power Outage

In a bizarre turn of events at the Miami Open, Victoria Azarenka’s quarterfinal clash with Yulia Putintseva was halted for nearly an hour due to a power outage. The incident, which occurred just three games into the match, left Azarenka grappling with frustration and uncertainty.

“It’s definitely a frustration,” Azarenka said after the match. “I’m not sure it’s my years of experience (on tour) rather than being a parent that helped me with that.”

With Putintseva leading 2-1, 30-0, the lights and advertising boards lining the Stadium court suddenly went dark. More importantly, Hawkeye Live, tennis’ automated line calling system, went down too. Without linespeople at the Miami Open, play could not continue.

“In that moment where you’re playing a match, you’re like, Okay, you need to stop. How long you need to stop for? I have no idea. It’s (definitely) not an easy thing to handle,” Azarenka said.

The outage presented a unique challenge for both players. “It’s quite challenging… Do you wait, do you warm up, do you sit on the court? No one knows what’s happening,” Azarenka said. “I think that was probably the most confusing part… It was just a very uncertain situation.”

After the power was restored 52 minutes later, Azarenka was able to regroup and take the opening set in a tiebreak. However, Putintseva fought back to win the second set 6-1. Azarenka ultimately prevailed in the third set, sealing the victory after exactly three hours.

The victory sent Azarenka back into the semifinals in Miami for the fifth time, and into her first at the WTA 1000 level since Indian Wells in 2021. She now awaits the winner of the match between No. 4 seed Elena Rybakina and No. 8 seed Maria Sakkari.

Coco Gauff Ousted from Miami Open by Caroline Garcia

Coco Gauff Ousted from Miami Open by Caroline Garcia

Coco Gauff, the reigning US Open champion, suffered a disappointing exit from the Miami Open on Monday, falling to Caroline Garcia in three sets. Garcia, seeded 23rd, displayed impressive form to defeat Gauff 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, marking her second consecutive victory over a Grand Slam champion after ousting Naomi Osaka on Sunday.

Garcia expressed her delight at the triumph, acknowledging the significance of defeating a top-10 opponent like Gauff. She credited her support team for their unwavering positivity and motivation during challenging times.

Meanwhile, Elena Rybakina, the fourth seed, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Madison Keys. Rybakina will face Maria Sakkari, who received a walkover after Anna Kalinskaya withdrew due to injury.

Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open winner, also secured a quarterfinal berth with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Katie Boulter. Yulia Putintseva joined the quarterfinalists after defeating Anhalina Kalinina in straight sets.

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek and fifth seed Jessica Pegula were scheduled to play later on Monday.

On the men’s side, Alexander Zverev, the fourth seed, defeated Christopher Eubanks 7-6 (4), 6-3 to reach the third round. Alex de Minaur, seeded ninth, also advanced with a 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory over Jan-Lennard Struff. Top seed Carlos Alcaraz was set to take the court later in the day.

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