Sabalenka stops Azarenka in Montreal quarters


MONTREAL — Prime-seeded Aryna Sabalenka beat Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-4 on Friday in a quarterfinal between gamers from Belarus on the Nationwide Financial institution Open.

Sabalenka, ranked No. 3, trailed 4-2 within the second set earlier than successful 4 video games in a row. She had seven aces within the 79-minute match.

“I really feel I simply did not take my alternatives,” mentioned Azarenka, the No. 8 seed. “It is so simple as that.”

Sabalenka will subsequent play Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, who defeated Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 6-0.

In Friday’s two different quarterfinals, it is Italy’s Camila Giorgi in opposition to Coco Gauff of the U.S and Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in opposition to American qualifier Jessica Pegula.

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