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Muguruza to face Azarenka in last eight

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Grand Slam champions Garbine Muguruza and Victoria Azarenka will face off in a mouth-watering encounter in the quarter-finals at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

Muguruza maintained her impressive run of form in 2020, defeating Johanna Konta 6-4 6-1 on Court Pietrangeli to record her 20th match-win of the year. The victory also means she has now reached the quarter-finals in six of the seven tournaments she has contested this year.

“I’m happy, of course, because every time we play, we play long matches. This time I think I played a little bit smarter. I served well, I was there in the right moments, and it went my side. So I really took my chances. I’m just happy to be able to face another player and to get a victory,” said Muguruza.

The Spaniard was the better player throughout the match. Deep, powerful hitting helped her to win 82 percent of her first serves and strike 15 winners in the straight sets affair which lasted 82 minutes.

“She played better than I did. I mean, I think we definitely had some close games, so it had potential for it to be a bit closer. But I think overall she just played consistently a bit better,” said Konta. “She was playing quite fast, and I think I just struggled to kind of move her out of the court and also just to extend the rallies a little bit.”

Victoria Azarenka advanced to the quarter-finals after her third round opponent Daria Kasatkina was forced to retire with an ankle injury in the first set tiebreak.

“Yeah, it ended in a really shitty way. I’m really sad for Daria, because we were playing such great tennis. I felt that it was such a great fight. I offered her my help and my team’s help if she needs it. Yeah, I really hope she will recover, because she’s been playing so beautifully, so smart on the court, putting me in very uncomfortable situation where I had to, you know, really push myself. It was really great battle out there. I was enjoying it a lot,” said Azarenka.

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