Flushing Meadows, NY – By the look of it, No. 2 seed Victoria Azarenka walloped a demoralizing and crushing defeat of No. 99 ranked player Dinah Pfizenmaier, 6-0 6-0.
But don’t tell her that.
“You know, I think my game should be a little bit sharper – a few mistakes there and there,” Azarenka said. “The execution should be a little bit more the way I want it, you know, direct the game a little bit better.
But it’s a good start. Definitely a good start. Mentally it was important to stay tough, to stay focused. That’s most important. The game is there; just need to shape it up a little bit.”
Only a perfectionist like Azarenka could pick apart such a crushing win. It may have not been a perfect game, but it was close enough. And Pfizenmaier could not do anything to keep up.
“I’m proud of the commitment that I’ve done in those games,” she said. “You know, as you said, there were a lot of close games, a lot of advantage. I was few games down 40‑Love. So for me was important to kind of stay in that moment even though I made couple of unforced errors, just to raise the level when I needed to.
“That’s what happened. But there are things, I feel like should be better. But overall it’s a good start. I couldn’t wait to go out there and play because was a long kind of wait for me.
“The first match is out of my way. Now I can focus on the next one and tomorrow to work a little bit on my game and come back for the next round.”
Now she has to face Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak in the next round.
“I haven’t played her in a while,” she said. “She’s a great player. She had a lot of big wins before. We know each other so well since juniors. Not too many surprises out there. But, you know, I know what she’s capable of. I have to try to be better than I was today for me personally and really execute my game.”