Following solid starts in their respective campaigns at the French Open, former two time Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka will meet Lucie Hradecka in the second round of the prestigious tournament to determine who will get one step closer to the second week in Paris. This marks the third time that these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Azarenka leading the head-to-head series 2-0.
Having missed the French Open last year, Azarenka kicked off her quest in Paris with a straight sets win against Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor. She struck 27 winners and 10 unforced errors to close out the match 6-2, 6-1.
“It’s never easy to play the first round of a Grand Slam, no matter what your ranking is or your position, but it’s important to start the tournament well,” Azarenka said after the match. “I had an opponent who I didn’t know about and never played against her. For me it was important to just really try to get into the rhythm, get into the tournament, and really try to stay focused throughout the whole match.”
In the second round, Azarenka will come up against Lucie Hradecka, who had an even simpler opening match in Paris against Zheng Saisai. She defeated her in straight sets 6-3, 6-0 to secure her spot on Thursday. She struck four aces, hit 24 winers and converted four of six breaks of serve to secure the victory in less than an hour of court time.
This marks the third time that these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Azarenka leading the head-to-head series 2-0. Their most recent meeting on the tour took place several weeks ago at the Rome Masters, where the Belarusian was forced to play three sets in order to advance to the following stage of the tournament.
Prediction: Victoria Azarenka in Three Sets