Number one seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus pounded her way into the semi finals of the Olympic tennis competition earlier today, when she took out the equally hard hitting seventh seed from Germany, Angelique Kerber, in straight sets, 6-4 7-5.
In a tight match which lasted an hour and three quarters there was very little to separate the two, who blasted the ball to each other in some momentous rallies where both players flirted with the lines. In the end it all came down to Azarenka’s superior and more precise shot making; and her complete dedication to winning every point of every game. Some of the interesting stats of this match show that Azarenka hit more aces, won more points on her serve, had marginally less unforced errors and converted a higher percentage of her break points. Both players hit 26 outright winners, with Kerber scoring more forehand winners and had a faster average serve speed.
Next up for Azarenka is fourth seed Serena Williams, who demolished former world number one and eighth seed from Denmark, Caroline Wozniacki, 6-0 6-3 in a little over an hour.