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Victoria Azarenka is seen as 1/7 favourite by Paddy Power to defeat 13th seed Sloane Stephens in the fourth round of the Australian Open and continue quest for third straight Melbourne title.
Although much of the recent talk has been about Serena Williams, defending champion Victoria Azarenka has continually shown over the past week that she is very much a contender for the first Grand Slam of 2014.
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The next person to feel Vika’s wrath will be 13th seed Sloane Stephens who will be facing her biggest test so far of the tournament so far.
It hasn’t taken very long to see how determined Azarenka has been to claim their third title in a row at Melbourne Park with the second seed yet to lose a set at the tournament.
Her dominance was quite clear to see on Saturday morning where the Belarusian destroyed Austrian Yvonne Meusberger 6-1 6-0 in the third round to set-up Monday’s fixture.
With the heat out of the way in Melbourne, Azarenka is all smiles again with her confidence and positive demeanour on and off the court showing that she is also mentally in the right place to pose a serious challenge in 2014.
Her opponent Sloane Stephens is certainly a step up in class though with the young American currently ranked 12th in the world.
The American number two is also a big fan of playing in Melbourne as the tournament was where she made her big breakthrough last year reaching the semi-finals before losing to upcoming opponent Azarenka in the final four.
Stpehens has only dropped one set all tournament long in 2014 and it adds to the good form that she showed at the Hopman Cup in Perth where she won two out of three matches at the ITF event.
When the two players meet on Monday, it will be just the second time they have played one another and Azarenka does have the bragging rights having won the semi-final encounter last year.
With that in mind, it seems that Vika will remain favourite to make the quarter finals once again even if Stephens is determined to overcome her semi-final loss from last year.