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SERENA SAVES 3MP TO EDGE AZARENKA

2015-5-7


MADRID, Spain - Serena Williams edged Victoria Azarenka in a marathon to extend her winning streak to 26 matches and reach the quarterfinals of the Premier Mandatory-levelMutua Madrid Open.

Watch highlights, interviews and more video from Madrid right here on wtatennis.com!

Though Williams had won 14 of 17 previous meetings against Azarenka, and both clay court meetings in straight sets, many of them had been close, and this one was arguably the closest. The pair battled it out for two hours and 43 minutes until Williams finally emerged with the victory, 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(1).

And though she only came away with the middle set, Azarenka could have easily won any of the other sets - she had a massive 5-1 lead in the first set tie-break, and she served for the match at 6-5 in the dramatic 69-minute third and deciding set, even bringing up 40-0 and triple match point in that game.

But the No.1-seeded Williams fought them all off, the first one with a forehand winner, the second one with an unretrievable backhand return and the third one off an Azarenka double fault. In fact Azarenka double faulted three times in a row to give Williams the break back, and she cruised from there.

Just how close was it? Williams won just one more point than Azarenka in the match: 113 to 112.

In her post-match press conference, Williams gave all kinds of props to her longtime rival Azarenka, who has been working her way back up the rankings this year after an injury-marred 2014 season.

"She's absolutely on her way back," the World No.1 said.

"It's so good to see a Grand Slam champion like her playing so well. I'm always rooting for her when she plays. Yeah, so it's good to see her on her way back - she's clearly doing great."

"I think overall it was a great match," Azarenka said. "I think the one negative part I can take about today is the result - overall I felt like I played a pretty high level, I was there on every point.

"It just didn't go my way in the end, but overall I should take more positives out of today."

When was the last time Williams saved three match points to win a match? Click here to find out.

As mentioned above, Williams extends her winning streak to 26 matches, the second-longest winning streak of her career - she won 34 in a row in 2013, ended by Sabine Lisicki in the Wimbledon 16s.


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