Victoria Azarenka vs Heather Watson Preview – WTA Montreal 2014 Round 3

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Victoria Azarenka


Amongst the upsets taking place in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Victotria Azarenka restored order on Court Central when she defeated Alize Cornet to secure her spot in the third round of the draw. She will contest her next match against British No. 1 Heather Watson, who picked up an upset of her own en route to her Thursday encounter with the Belarusian. Azarenka leads the head-to-head series 3-0 with wins on both grass and hard court.

Although it was not the most straightforward of matches, world No. 11 Victoria Azarenka was ultimately able to raise her game in the final set to secure the victory 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. There was a worrying moment in the second set when Azarenka fell and injured her leg but she managed to overcome that to win the match in 2 hours and 27 minutes.

Vika hit a total of 2 aces, won 64% of her first service points and saved 7 of the 13 break points she faced on serve.

Across the net from the Belarusian will be top UK product Heather Watson, who bested Dominika Cibulkova in three sets to reach the third round of the Rogers Cup. It was clearly Watson’s match to lose from the get-go, as the Brit stormed through the opener 6-2 lead and held a 3-0 lead in the second set just 55 minutes into the match.

Momentum shifted there, as Cibulkova validity battled back to snatch the second set in a tiebreaker. While the third set was another close affair, Watson’s better overall numbers (10 aces, 6 break points secured and 74% 1 service points won) helped guide her to the third round with a 7-6(5) scoreline in the deciding set.

This marks the fourth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour but the first time in over two years on the WTA circuit. Watson has never been competitive against Azarenka and never won more than two games in a match against the Belarusian. This may be slightly more competitive affair but will likely end with a similar result.

Prediction: Victoria Azarenka in Straight Sets

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