Azarenka’s rapper friend, Redfoo, returned from a concert in Malaysia to attend yesterday’s quarter-final.
Wearing a red sleeveless T-shirt that read “Keep Calm and Bring Out the Bottles,” the name of his next single, Redfoo stood, clapped and yelled “Come on, Vika” during the tight first set.
Williams’ loss was a boost for Azarenka, who lost all five head-to-heads against the American last year and is 1-11 in their career meetings.
The 25-year-old Murray had his service broken for only the second time while serving for the match, but he broke back immediately to clinch a quarter-final victory.
Hsieh Su-wei became the last Taiwanese player eliminated from the Australian Open when she and her Indian partner, Rohan Bopanna, fell in the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles event yesterday.
Hsieh and Bopanna lost 6-2, 6-3 to Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic and Marcin Matkowski of Poland in 58 minutes, after having scored straight sets victories in the first two rounds of the tournament.
It was a match of missed opportunities for Hsieh and Bopanna. After being dominated in the first set, the two had nine break points in the second set, but failed to convert any of them. In contrast, Peschke and Matkowski won one of only two break point opportunities they had to take the set and the match.
In the juniors competition, Taiwan’s Hsu Ching-wen, seeded fifth, fell to unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-3, 6-3 in the third round of girls’ singles.