Victoria Azarenka to play Kvitova after beating Margarita Gasparyan

Vastavam web: Victoria Azarenka set up a meeting with Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Tuesday after a sometimes-shaky 6-4 6-1 win over Russian qualifier Margarita Gasparyan. Azarenka, herself a two-time Australian Open champion, struggled on serve at times and gave up three breaks to Gasparyan. However, the Belarusian won six straight games from 3-4 in the first set to 3-0 in the second to get the victory. Former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko won a see-saw match against Kristina Mladenovic 6-1 0-6 6-0.

It was Ostapenko’s first win of 2019 after starting the year with three straight losses, while Mladenovic is now 0-4 on the year, including qualifiers. Ostapenko will next face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who won 7-5 7-6 (4) over Alize Cornet. Earlier, Julia Goerges won the final four games of the match and beat Maria Sakkari 6-2 7-5 in the first round. Goerges will play Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva in the second round.