Following an impressive beginning to her 2014 run at the Wimbledon Championships, former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka is through to her second obstacle a the tournament – a second time encounter with Bojana Jovanovski, whom she met four years ago at this very same stage of the tournament. Azarenka leads the series 1-0.
Eighth seed Victoria Azarenka needed just the two sets to secure her place in the second round of the Wimbledon Championships. Although the second set featured a slight revival from Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Azarenka remained in full control of the match, as he held several games to love and broke serve to close out the match. It marked her first tour victory since the Australian Open.
“I’m just very happy to be able to play – this is what I love to do,” Azarenka said. “It’s such a great feeling to play without pain and that’s what’s important for me at the moment.
“I think getting the game together and the timing is a long process. But the important thing is that I’m there and feeling 100%. My focus is there. My desire and concentration is there. So that’s all I can ask for in myself.”
After hitting a rough six-match losing streak that included losses to Alize Cornet, Sloane Stephens, Camila Giorgi and Ana Ivanovic, Bojana Jovanovski finally broke the trend with an opening round victory against Johanna Larsson. She won the match in convincing fashion, as she played a tiebreaker in the opening set but won a bagel set in the second. She will now be faced with her fourth Top 25 competitor in eight matches.
Azarenka met Jovanovski four years ago in the second round at SW19, and earned a comfortable 6-1, 6-4 win against the Serbian. While Azarenka still has a question mark over her head regarding her foot injury, she should still manage another comfortable win on Wednesday afternoon.
Prediction: Victoria Azarenka in Straight Sets