MELBOURNE, Australia -- Victoria Azarenka couldn't get off the court quickly enough to check the score after she reached the Australian Open quarterfinals.
To her excitement, it was a Broncos win.
The two-time Australian Open champion had just beaten Barbora Strycova 6-2, 6-4 in the fourth round Monday -- continuing a three-year sequence of wins against the Czech player, which started in the second round in 2013 and included the third round last year -- when she wanted to know the result of the AFC title game.
"Can somebody please tell me: Did Broncos win?" she said in taking over her on-court TV interview. When she heard the Denver Broncos had beaten the New England Patriots 20-18, she shouted "Yesss!!" She stepped back and raised both arms. "I'm so happy now."
Azarenka explained that she was on edge Monday morning because of the AFC Championship Game.
"I turned on TV while I was having breakfast, and I just couldn't look over there because I'm a huge sports fan, so when I'm a fan of somebody, I'm a die-hard," she said. "I'll get nervous. I get emotional. I understand like all that because it's something that when I play, I'm in control. I'm in control of my body, of my emotions. That's all on me.
"When it's somebody else doing it and I have absolutely no control, I go loco. I will scream. I will scream on TV. It's good I didn't watch it because it was a close game. I would probably break the TV or something."
"I didn't want to know the result," she said. "As you can see, I'm a crazy sports fanatic, so I understand you guys when you get all nervous and stuff, because I felt that."
Peyton Manning's Broncos will face Cam Newton's Carolina Panthers on Feb. 7 in Super Bowl 50. Azarenka has already shown some allegiance to Newton and the Panthers by doing her version of the "dab" in her victory celebrations.
Told of the Panthers' 49-15 win over the Cardinals in the NFC decider, Azarenka said, "I'm sitting this one out. Let the best team win. This was my dream final, to be honest, and so I can't wait to actually see them both. I think it's Cam's dream, and Peyton, so deep in his career, it's definitely a dream again. It's going to be awesome."
Azarenka is coming off two injury-interrupted seasons but is returning to the kind of form that took her to the No. 1 rank and back-to-back Australian Open titles in 2012 and '13.
She won the Brisbane International leading into the first major of the season, and dropped only five games in her first three rounds at Melbourne Park. Strycova, who beat third-ranked Garbine Muguruza in the third round, took six games off Azarenka.
"She's such a tough opponent. I'm just so happy I went through," she said. "I played smart, I played aggressive, I took my opportunities and I really kept my composure."
Kerber, who saved a match point in her first-round win over Misaki Doi, is into the quarterfinals for the first time in Australia.
"Maybe it's a good omen. But yeah I was in the first match, match point down. I was with one foot in the plane back to Germany," she said.
Gael Monfils had a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over Andrei Kuznetsov to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in 11 trips to Melbourne Park, thrilling the Margaret Court Arena crowd with his acrobatic tumbles and dives.
ESPN's Jim Caple and The Associated Press contributed to this report.