January 22, 2022 6:43 PM
Adam Evans

Barbora Krejcikova vs Victoria Azarenka – Fourth Round – Preview & Prediction | 2022 Australian Open

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THE FACTS

When is Barbora Krejcikova vs Victoria Azarenka on and what time does it start? Barbora Krejcikova vs Victoria Azarenka will take place on Sunday 23rd January, 2022 – not before 01:15 (UK)

Where is Barbora Krejcikova vs Victoria Azarenka taking place? Barbora Krejcikova vs Victoria Azarenka will take place at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia

What surface is Barbora Krejcikova vs Victoria Azarenka being played on? Barbora Krejcikova vs Victoria Azarenka will take place on an outdoor hard court

Where can I get tickets for Barbora Krejcikova vs Victoria Azarenka? Visit this link for the latest ticket information for Barbora Krejcikova vs Victoria Azarenka

What channel is Barbora Krejcikova vs Victoria Azarenka on in the UK? Barbora Krejcikova vs Victoria Azarenka will be televised live on Eurosport

Where can I stream Barbora Krejcikova vs Victoria Azarenka in the UK? Eurosport subscribers can stream Barbora Krejcikova vs Victoria Azarenka live on their website, while Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match live on Sky Go

THE LOWDOWN

BARBORA KREJCIKOVA

World number four Barbora Krejcikova stayed calm in an error-strewn third round match with Jelena Ostapenko on Friday, coming back from a set down to beat the Latvian. The 25-year-old won Roland-Garros last season in a rich vein of form that included a first WTA tour title at the Strasbourg Open on her favoured clay but she looks to have worked hard on her hardcourt game too. Krejcikova is through to the round of 16 here for a first time with last season’s US Open quarter-final her benchmark for a successful campaign in the singles.

VICTORIA AZARENKA

Two-time Australian Open champion (2012, 2013) Victoria Azarenka has been sublime so far in Melbourne, conceding just two games to former world number three Elina Svitolina on Friday. The 32-year-old finished runner-up to Naomi Osaka at the US Open in 2020 for recent Grand Slam pedigree but the former world number one has played in five major finals and reached at least the semi-finals of all four Slams. Azarenka’s most recent of a career total 21 WTA titles came at the Western & Southern Masters in 2020.

THE PREDICTION

Victoria Azarenka was the winner of the only previous meeting with Barbora Krejcikova in a three-set result at the Ostrava Open back in 2020. Krejcikova had started to improve on the single stour by then but it was certainly the following year, last year, that she evolved into the Grand Slam champion scrapper we see today and this rematch should come even closer than their first clash. On their very recent levels this match looks like going Azarenka’s way as the better hardcourt player who has conceded just nine games across three matches so far and the best of her vast success has come on Rod Laver, where this round of 16 clash will take place. The former world number one is starting to look like the woman to beat, other than the imperious Ash Barty, here in Melbourne and she can win outright here.

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