Gavrilova storms into Madrid third round

Gavrilova storms into Madrid third round

Australia’s Daria Gavrilova is through to the third round of the Madrid Open following her impressive 6-2 7-6 (7-4) victory over world No.12 Elina Svitolina.

Gavrilova prevailed against the Ukranian in an hour-and-a-half and will meet two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova for a place in the quarter-finals.

The 22-year-old beat the world No.6 at the Australian Open earlier this year with the Czech left-hander outlasting Gavrilova in three sets in the pair’s only other meeting in China last year.

Sam Stosur’s in action on Wednesday against Lucie Safarova who beat the Queenslander in three sets in the final of the Prague Open last week.

Fourth-seeded Belarusian Victoria Azarenka continued her fine form, beating Alize Cornet 6-3 6-2 to win her 16th straight match to also advance to the third round.

Azarenka, seeking her third consecutive title, broke Cornet’s serve five times to secure the victory.

The world No.5 saved seven of the eight break points she conceded to the Frenchwoman.

Azarenka has not lost since the second round at Acapulco in February. The two-time Australian Open champion won tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami heading into Madrid.

Azarenka next faces 130th-ranked American Louisa Chirico, a qualifier who upset Serbian 14th-seed Ana Ivanovic 5-7 6-1 6-3.

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