Tennis: Azarenka win cannot halt Bartoli buzz
CINCINNATI (REUTERS) - As the tennis world buzzed over Marion Bartoli's shock decision to retire, Victoria Azarenka tried to put the focus back on court with a win over Magdalena Rybarikova at the Western and Southern Open on Thursday.
A routine 6-3 6-4 third round victory by the world number two, however, could not turn the conversation away from Bartoli, the Wimbledon champion having stunned the sport 12 hours earlier by announcing she was quitting following a second-round defeat.
"I actually saw that on Twitter and I was like, yeah, that's some crap," Azarenka told reporters. "I think everybody's a little bit surprised about that.
"I think it's very brave to do that. I think she was chasing her dream for such a long time. When she got it, it felt good. So whatever makes her happy.