Victoria Azarenka: 'Jamie Hampton has a great future'

Azarenka: 'Hampton has a great future'
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Following her 6-4 4-6 6-2 victory over Jamie Hampton, Victoria Azarenka predicts a "great future" for the American.

Victoria Azarenka has tipped Jamie Hampton to have a bright future after beating the American in three sets to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Hampton, 23, who received treatment on a lower back injury midway through the match, won the second set and troubled the world number one early in the decider, before Azarenka eventually prevailed 6-4 4-6 6-2.

"She played incredible," said Azarenka. "She went for every shot, she has a great future ahead of her.

"She took a medical timeout, but then she was ripping winners all over the place and I was like, 'Can I have a back problem? I'm feeling great, but I'm missing every shot.'"

Hampton has yet to win a WTA title and is ranked 63rd in the world.

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus serves to Jamie Hampton during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 19, 2013
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