July 2, 2012 / 6:06 PM / 5 years ago

Azarenka crushes Ivanovic to reach Wimbledon quarters

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates after defeating Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in their women's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London July 2, 2012.Suzanne Plunkett

LONDON (Reuters) - Second seed Victoria Azarenka crushed Ana Ivanovic 6-1 6-0 in just over an hour to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Monday.

Belarussian Azarenka completely outclassed the former French Open champion, seeded 14th, moving her relentlessly around the court with a succession of accurate and powerful groundstrokes.

Azarenka's main problem in the second set was a pigeon trapped under the Centre Court roof but she calmly removed a few feathers which fluttered on to the playing surface before resuming her impressive performance that included only six unforced errors.

The Australian Open champion sealed victory when Serb Ivanovic netted a backhand and will play Austrian Tamira Paszek in the last eight.

Reporting by Ed Osmond, editing by

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