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Victoria Azarenka admits mental fragility caused shock exit when Serving at 5-2 (40-0) in the second set

DEVASTATED by Australian Open defeat, Victoria Azarenka admits mental fragility contributed heavily to a quarter-final defeat marred by late-match choking.
Serving at 5-2 (40-0) in the second set against German Angelique Kerber, former world No.1 Azarenka melted in a haze of unforced errors to lose five successive games — and the chance of a third major.

The 2012-13 Melbourne Park champion paid a high price for fading composure, departing 6-3 7-5 — against a player she had beaten in six previous matches.
“Mentally I didn’t commit myself enough today. I didn’t push myself into making a difference,” Azarenka said, reflecting on a horrendous 0-4 start in the first set.
“I was too flat. My footwork didn’t have enough. My shots didn’t have enough.
“I felt I did a little bit too many unforced errors in the key moments. I created a lot of opportunities, but then I was not enough on my opportunities.
“I didn’t take them. I had plenty.
“You know, that’s not going to win matches in quarter-finals. You have to bring it, and I didn’t.”
Regarded as possibly the only player in the draw capable of stopping defending champion Serena Williams, Azarenka was livid post-match.
She made 33 unforced errors, dropped serve six times and converted only three of eight break chances in a disastrous showing.
Urged by compatriot Steffi Graf to embrace aggression and ignore nerves, Kerber cashed in.
Renowned for searing aggression and a propensity to get tight in a crisis, the left-hander advanced to her third major semi-final.

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