(January 19, 2013) No. 1 Victoria Azarenka survived a major challenge from American Jamie Hampton to move into the Round of 16 of the Australian Open 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on Saturday.
Azarenka cruised to a 5-1 first set lead which Hampton narrowed to 5-4 only to be broken to give Azarenka the first set 6-4.
The second set began with three straight breaks of serve to give Hampton a 2-1 lead. Hampton squandered set points on Azarenka’s serve at 5-3.
At 5-4 and serving for the set Hampton had to call for the trainer for treatment on her lower back. Hampton served out the set 6-4.
In the third set both women held their opening serves and then exchanged breaks for 2-2.
The 63rd ranked Hampton appeared to be in pain a number of times after the medical time out. During the third set she had tears in her eyes.
“Going into the match I was fine,” said Hampton. “About 4‑2, 4‑3, my back started hurting. I had back problems. Hurt my back last year at the French Open p...