Victoria Azarenka

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Live Reporting

Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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    Osaka 1-6 5-3 Azarenka*

    Osaka’s demeanour has completely changed. She’s attacking as much as she can – sometimes it pays off, other times it doesn’t – but it’s having a positive effect.

    40-30.

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    Osaka 1-6 5-3 Azarenka*

    Azarenka is keen to level thing up again – thumping a forehand winner out of sight.

    Osaka eventually holds with a crouching double-handed backhand winner. All it needed was a small pivot of the hips. One from the coach’s manual.

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    *Osaka 1-6 4-3 Azarenka

    Brilliant running to the net from Osaka to tap home a winner.

    30-15.

    Confidence is building.

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    *Osaka 1-6 4-3 Azarenka

    I did say that I can’t see Azarenka’s level dropping. It has. A little.

    At the same time, Osaka’s has gone up a notch or two.

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    Naomi Cavaday

    BBC Radio 5 Live tennis commentator

    As much as Azarenka has played a brilliant match, it’s not too much for Osaka and she has got herself back into this.

  6. Osaka breaks again

    *Osaka 1-6 4-3 Azarenka

    The first is saved as Osaka hits her forehand into the net, but Azarenka then pulls her angled backhand wide.

    The former US Open champ gets the crucial break.

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    Osaka 1-6 3-3 Azarenka*

    A first double fault for the elder stateswoman.

    Then two more errors.

    Triple break point!!

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    Osaka 1-6 3-3 Azarenka*

    Brilliant from Osaka in this game.

    Two big serves and then goes toe-to-toe on a rally which ends with a winner.

    Another ace – her fourth – and it’s game.

    Quick and easy.

    osaka

    Copyright: Reuters

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    *Osaka 1-6 2-3 Azarenka

    Azarenka takes to her chair, closes her eyes and meditates.

    Calm before she re-enters the storm.

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    *Osaka 1-6 2-3 Azarenka

    Another Osaka error – her 16th – and it’s game Azarenka.

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    Osaka 1-6 2-2 Azarenka*

    The Belarus player, who defeated Serena Williams in the last four, tries to put Osaka on that string again.

    30-0 before she troubles the netting with an approach shot.

    Service resumes with an ace.

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    Naomi Cavaday

    BBC Radio 5 Live tennis commentator

    Osaka has really pulled herself together, she is very good at coming back from a set down.

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    Osaka 1-6 2-2 Azarenka*

    Punishing from Osaka at the back of the court – tossing Azarenka from side to side before launching a winner from her barrel.

    The Japanese player holds, emphatically, with an ace.

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    *Osaka 1-6 1-2 Azarenka

    That break at the chair appears to have helped Azarenka retune her radar – a forehand winner clips the line for 0-15.

    But it also seems to have helped Osaka – an ace then a cracking flat angled winner.

  15. Osaka breaks back

    *Osaka 1-6 1-2 Azarenka

    Azarenka makes another – on her forehand – and is broken by Osaka.

    How big could that be in this match?

    osaka

    Copyright: reu

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    Naomi Cavaday

    BBC Radio 5 Live tennis commentator

    It’s flawless from Azarenka. If you are part of her coaching camp, you are nodding and clapping on the inside.

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    Osaka 1-6 0-2 Azarenka*

    Osaka plays Azarenka at her own game with a deep forehand return down the line which her opponent scrambles to get even a racquet frame on.

    Now then…the Belarusian makes an error.

    Break back point!

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    Osaka 1-6 0-2 Azarenka*

    The fierce groundstrokes have been a joy to watch, but Azarenka produces a sliced drop which is judged to perfection.

    30-15.

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    Naomi Cavaday

    BBC Radio 5 Live tennis commentator

    Azarenka has not allowed Osaka to strike anything, I’ve counted four that she’s allowed her to get a good clean strike on.

    Osaka has got to dig her heels in now. She is still looking a bit negative on court.

  20. Azarenka breaks

    Osaka 1-6 0-2 Azarenka*

    She takes the second with a double hander that lands deep and one that Osaka can only waft her racquet at.

    This is painful for fans of the Japanese player.