Belarusian Azarenka bundled out of French Open by 23rd seed Teichmann

FILE PHOTO: Aug 27, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Victoria Azarenka of Belarus hits to Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia on day one of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

FILE PHOTO: Aug 27, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Victoria Azarenka of Belarus hits to Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia on day one of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. (Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports)


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PARIS — Twice Grand Slam champion Viktoria Azarenka slumped out of the French Open after Swiss 23rd seed Jil Teichmann battled from a set down to win 4-6 7-5 7-6(5) and secure a spot in the fourth round on Friday.

The Belarusian 32-year-old former world number one, seeded 15th in Paris, powered from 3-0 down at the start of the first set and then again from 4-3 behind to win the next three straight games to secure the opening set.

Azarenka looked to be cruising to a comfortable victory when she broke Teichmann to go 4-2 up in the second with her powerful baseline play and continuous drop shots dictating the game.

But in a reversal of the opening set, it was the 24-year-old Swiss left-hander's turn to battle back, mixing it up and clinching five of the next six games to force a decider.

Teichmann kept up the pressure and, after the pair traded two breaks each, won the tiebreak following more than three hours to reach a Grand Slam fourth round for the first time.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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