Victoria Azarenka vs Angelique Kerber, Australian Open QF Preview

Australian Open QF: (14) Victoria Azarenka vs (7) Angelique Kerber

Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber will renew hostilities on Wednesday when they collide at the quarter-final stage of the Australian Open. These two have built up quite a rivalry over the last couple of years, however Kerber is still searching for her first career victory over the Belarusian. Azarenka enters this clash in superb form, whilst Kerber also seems to be peaking at the right stage of the tournament, this should be another great match between the pair.

Azarenka has made a perfect start to 2016, claiming the title at the Brisbane International without dropping a set and storming through the opening fourth rounds at Melbourne Park without dropping a set. The two-time former champion seems to be playing at a level similar level of tennis to the times that she was at the top of her game and at world number 1 in the world.

 

Azarenka has dropped just 12 games in her opening four matches in Melbourne. The Belarussian has recorded commanding straight set victories over Alison Van Uytvank, Danka Kovinic, Naomi Osaka and Barbora Strycova. Azarenka’s biggest test came in her fourth round clash with an in form Barbora Strycova, the Czech threw everything she had at Azarenka, the former number 1 was able to overcome the challenge quite convincing to record a 6-2 6-4 victory. Azarenka will enter the quarter-final stage full of confidence but also knowing that Kerber will be toughest opponent yet.

Angelique Kerber will enter her first ever quarter-final at Melbourne Park feeling as though she has nothing to lose. The German survived an almighty scare in the opening round where she survived a match point on route to defeating Misaki Doi in 3 sets. Since that match Angie has been relatively untroubled, recording straight set victories over Alexandra Dulgheru, Madison Brengle and Annika Beck.

 

This has been a very troublesome match-up for Angie, the German has been unable to defeat Vika in six previous attempts. Azarenka has won four of those matches in straight sets, including a convincing 6-3 6-1 victory in the final at the Brisbane International a couple of weeks ago. Kerber has been close to beating Azarenka on several occasions but has just fallen short on each occasion, firstly in a three set epic at the WTA Finals in Istanbul back in 2012 and also in a classic three set encounter at the U.S Open last year where Azarenka won 7-5 2-6 6-4.

Kerber has stated that she will try a new approach against Azarenka in this match as looks to claim her first win over Azarenka. There is no doubt that Azarenka’s form is greater heading into this match, Azarenka has barely been challenged at any stage this year and she a clear physiological edge over Kerber given the head-to-head record.

 

Nevertheless, I expect this to be a really close match and honestly think that it could easily go either way. I do believe that Kerber is capable of beating Azarenka, it will take an almighty performance but she is capable of producing a very high level. All the pressure is on Azarenka heading into this match whilst Kerber will actually feel as though she has nothing to lose having already produced her best even run at the event and knowing that she could have easily lost in the first round. I’m going to go for another upset here, I think there are still holes in Azarenka’s game that can be exposed, Angie has to eventually beat Victoria.

Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Victoria Azarenka in 3 sets

0 responses to “Victoria Azarenka vs Angelique Kerber, Australian Open QF Preview”

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  2. This prediction I do agree with you because I hate Vika bitchy face lolll! Kerber can challenge Vika is she plays her baseline games to keep Vika busy at the back.

  3. I would LOVE to see Angie winning this but Vika is far more convincing. Kerber has to play her VERY VERY BEST MATCH of her career…
    Forgot to say it: Aga against Serena, too.
    But I don’t believe they will make it.

    Btw didn’t you tweet a few days ago that you can only see Serena-Vika final…?

    • Yea I did, but I changed my mind.. This is a really close match-up in reality and therefore I like to side with the underdog

      • I wish I could also say that.
        But I can’t when H2H is 6:0 🙁
        Sorry, but one-sided H2H is always tough for the one of wrong end from match-up.
        Maybe 3 sets, but Vika will always have the edge…

          • Just for stating that my picks are delusional when in fact I think I do a good job and many others agree.. but it’s fine I have no problem with you having different opinions, I welcome that 🙂

          • I wish I could understand your picks. Didn’t see much (or any…) chance for Kerber because of H2H and läßt meeting in Brisbane…
            But yeah, you was right! Surprised 😮
            But only hope Aga can give a fight to Rena. Wimbledon 2013 reloaded would be fascinating and tragical at same time for me!

          • Today was definitely PEAK Kerber. But I still fear she will have a bitter end of her AO campaign…
            Also fear a surprise final with surprise winner…
            So I would like to see Rena-Angie. Than nobody expect something from her (please no Lisicki#2…)

  4. I don’t think I have commented much on your blog, I just wanted to make sure you knew that you have some solid appreciation from your readers. You make great analyses and predictions, congrats on this one in particular. Happy for Angie, it was about time.

  5. Well this is my first comment here and i regret finding this awesome site so late.As a traders perspective this site is better than MooTennis for me since Moo’s blog is mostly for fans and tennis lovers who predict for entertainment purposes.Although no one can spoonfeed in tennis trading i always try to find out different authentic perspectives of games from seasoned guys .
    Keep the good work going Mate and realy awesome predictions this AO.

    PS: Radwanska to defeat Williams is a bold one.A half fit serena is good for her although the Pole is on a winning streak but i am not convinced with her performance.She can give a tough match but its a match for Serena to lose.

    • Thank you very much for that, I really appreciate your kind words.. I’m happy to give a few good prediction haha 🙂

      I agree that it is a very risky call, I am however certain that she will be competitive.. and almost sure she will win a set.. You are right that it is Serena’s to lose, but Aga does control some things and can make life difficult for Serena

  6. ehi wizard!!! Congratulation for your good prediction about kerber vs aza!!! Waiting for others I wish you the best things!! Bye bye from Italy!!!

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