The world #1 had plenty to ponder today as she faced an American underdog.
Sharpening her skills by leaps and bounds of late, Jamie Hampton had reached the third round of a major for the first time. The 23-year-old American faced world #1 Victoria Azarenka there in a match that looked lopsided on paper but became much closer in reality. Battling the defending champion at the Australian Open with confidence, Hampton succumbed 6-4 4-6 6-2 only after a three-set match of greater quality on both sides than much of the women’s first week.
Having won just a single game from Sharapova here last year, Hampton needed a more positive start to keep her spirits high. She showed off a greatly improved forehand over the first several points, although Azarenka displayed her athleticism in ranging to her right to cut off what looked like a winner and redirect it down the line for a winner of her own. Still, Hampton impressed with her commitment to dictating play behind that shot, which sent an ...
With her back hurting and the fear of excruciating cramps playing on her mind, 23-year-old American Jamie Hampton battled on bravely against the world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday.
But in the end, Hampton, from Auburn, Ala., lost, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Without the injury, there is every reason to believe Hampton could have pulled off a...
(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...