With ‘Little Steps,’ Victoria Azarenka Is Making a Deep Run

Azarenka has taken a more process-oriented approach than in the past. But the outcomes have been good, too, as she’s in an Australian Open semifinal for the first time since she won it all in 2013.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Dinner had arrived in the player restaurant for Jessica Pegula’s coach, David Witt, but it did not come with a spot in the Australian Open semifinals.

Pegula, who was the highest-seeded player left in the women’s singles tournament at No. 3, had just been beaten convincingly, 6-4, 6-1, on Tuesday by her friend Victoria Azarenka in Rod Laver Arena.

“Vika played pretty well,” someone said, using Azarenka’s nickname.

“No,” Witt replied quickly. “Vika played

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