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Defending champion Swiatek powers past Azarenka in Adelaide three-setter

Defending champion Swiatek powers past Azarenka in Adelaide three-setter

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Fifth seed and defending champion Iga Swiatek booked her place in the Adelaide International semifinals with a three-set win over Victoria Azarenka. Next up: top seed Ashleigh Barty. No.5 seed Iga Swiatek took another step towards the first title defence of her career at the Adelaide International, overcoming Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 in 1 hour and 57 minutes to reach the semifinals. Swiatek's only previous encounter with Azarenka came in the 2020 US Open third round when she was 19 years old and ranked No.53. Despite an impressive performance, Azarenka was able to advance 6-4, 6-2 en route to her fifth Grand Slam final. Since then, the Pole has established herself firmly at the top of the game, and the bulk of their Adelaide rematch was a pulsating contest of top quality in...