Victoria Azarenka revels in floodlit atmosphere at US Open

Azarenka revels in floodlit atmosphere
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Victoria Azarenka thanks fans for the atmosphere they created after she beats Zheng Jie under the floodlights of Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open.

Victoria Azarenka thanked the New York crowd for the "amazing" atmosphere that they created following her comprehensive win over Zheng Jie in the third round of the US Open on Friday night.

The world number one dispatched of her Chinese opponent 6-0 6-1 as she played under the floodlights of Arthur Ashe Stadium for the first time in her career.

"I think you guys inspired me to play my best tennis," she said after the match. "It's an incredible atmosphere and energy.

"I always wanted to play here, I've watched on TV but it felt really different. It was amazing."

Azarenka will next take on Georgia's Anna Tatishvili for a place in the quarter-finals.

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