August 2, 2019 / 5:50 AM / 18 days ago

Vekic tames Azarenka at Silicon Valley Classic

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 5, 2019 Belarus' Victoria Azarenka reacts during her third round match against Romania's Simona Halep REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

(Reuters) - Former world number one Victoria Azarenka paid the price for her erratic serve as fifth-seeded Donna Vekic prevailed 6-4 6-3 on Thursday in the second round of the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose.

Azarenka, who is coming off a third round loss at Wimbledon last month, committed seven double faults and had her service broken five times in the contest.

She showed life in the second set as she seized a 2-0 lead, but 23-year-old Croatian Vekic had her way in the end to set up a quarter-final match with Kristie Ahn.

Ahn reached the quarter-finals by converting seven break points to upset third-seeded Belgian Elise Mertens 6-3 6-3.

Fourth seed American Amanda Anisimova, a 17-year-old, beat compatriot Madison Brengle 6-2 6-2 to reach the next round matchup with China’s Saisai Zheng who routed Danielle Collins 6-2 6-0.

Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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