Azarenka reaches Wimbledon quarter-finals
Victoria Azarenka has vowed to carry on raising the decibels at Wimbledon after grunting throughout her comprehensive victory over Nadia Petrova today.
Fourth seed Azarenka barely needed to rise out of second gear as she dropped only four games on her way to completing a 6-2 6-2 victory, to move into the quarter-finals for the second time in her career.
Although her tennis was a delight to watch, some members of the Court Three crowd scoffed at the Belarusian's screams every time she struck the ball.
But the 21-year-old, who will now face unseeded Tamira Paszek in the last eight, insists she needs to be vocal when she plays and will not tone down her shouts for the rest of the tournament.
"I am going to do it for the rest of my tennis career. There is no doubt about it," Azarenka said.
"I don't want to drop it. It's part of my game. It's part of my breathing. I've done it since I was nine years old so there is no reason to change it."
After dropping just one set on the way to making the last eight, Azarenka is rightly confident about making the semi-finals for the first time in her career.
Today she broke her opponent five times despite losing her own first service game and wrapped up the win in just an hour and three minutes.
She will not be taking Paszek lightly in the next round though, despite the 75 places that separate the pair in the rankings.
"She is a very tricky opponent," said world number five Azarenka.
"She plays very high quality tennis and has shown in the past that she can really step up her level.
"She is a dangerous player on grass. She has a very flat strong shot.
"I played her in Montreal three years ago. I won in two sets but she played a really good match.
"She has been showing some amazing tennis recently. Not many people expect an unseeded person to beat number five in the world so it will be difficult."
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