Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka still on track in Monterrey

Angelique Kerber

Top seed Angelique Kerber fought her way into the quarter-finals in Monterrey, but she certainly didn’t get an easy ride.

Karolina Muchova amassed five break points against the reigning Wimbledon champion, converting one of them, but Kerber was able to battle to a 6-3, 6-4 win that took 84 minutes.

Victoria Azarenka, another former world number one, is also into the last eight after a dominant 6-3, 6-2 success over Zarina Diyas.

“It was a pretty solid match, with a good start for me, obviously,” Azarenka told the media afterwards.

“[Diyas is] a really tricky opponent because she plays really flat, and takes the ball early, but I was able to manage my serve really well today and take my opportunities.”

Azarenka will now face a tough test against third seed and four-time winner Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who has a 24-2 record in this competition.

“[Pavlyuchenkova] obviously has a lot of success here, likes playing here,” said Azarenka.

“She has big shots, she’s played really well this year, and it’s not an easy opponent, a very aggressive player.”

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