No expectations for high-flying Azarenka in Melbourne


Victoria Azarenka has no expectations of herself at the Australian Open, with the 14th seed insisting she is "just trying to stay in the moment" at Melbourne Park.

Despite her seeding, two-time Australian Open champion and former world number one Azarenka continues to be one of the main contenders to Serena Williams' crown this year after winning through to the third round on Thursday.

Azarenka was ruthless in a 6-1 6-2 victory against Danka Kovinic, with the Belarusian star yet to drop a set this year, having won the Brisbane International earlier in January.

Asked if she had exceeded her own expectations during the unbeaten run, Azarenka swiftly said: "I don't have any expectations so I don't have anything to compare that to.

"I don't set myself for that...I'm just really trying to stay in the moment. And I do want to keep improving from match to match. I think from now to further, it's just only going to get tougher, so I really want to keep that focus and that intensity and that determination.

"Really that's what I'm looking for, to keep applying the same effort, and pay attention to details in preparation before the match.

"I think the whole package is important, so I'm just trying to stay and keep following what works for me."

Next up for Azarenka is Japan's Naomi Osaka.