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Pliskova tops Azarenka to reach U.S. Open quarterfinals

2022 US Open - Day 8

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic hits a shot against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in her fourth round match on Day 8 of the US Open Tennis Championships at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 05, 2022 in New York City (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK - No. 24 seed Karolina Pliskova has moved into the U.S. Open quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-2 win over 26th-seeded Victoria Azarenka.

Pliskova, a former world No. 1, was the runner-up at the U.S. Open in 2016 and at Wimbledon in 2021. Pliskova will play the winner of No. 6 seed Aryna Sabalenka and 19th-seeded Danielle Collins.

The women’s field is guaranteed to have a first-time champion.

Pliskova has returned to form in Flushing Meadows after a broken right wrist forced her to miss the Australian Open and she struggled in her first few tournaments when she returned to action.

Azarenka lost for the fifth time in nine career meetings against Pliskova.