Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka is scheduled to begin her French Open campaign on Monday afternoon on Day 2, where she will encounter Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor. This is just the first time that the two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour and should make for a relatively straightforward opening match for Azarenka.
After winning two matches at the Fed Cup tie against Japan, Azarenka kicked off her clay court season in Madrid, where she reached the third round and picked up wins over the likes of Venus Williams before losing to younger sister Serena in three tight sets. It was a positive performance from Azarenka, who had not been that competitive in nearly an entire year. She followed up with an even better showing in Rome, where she reached the quarter-final round and earned wins over the likes of Caroline Wozniacki. Maria Sharapova, who defeated her in straight sets, eventually halted her.
Azarenka will come up against Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, who compiled a four-match losing streak before reverting back down to the 50k Saint-Gudens tournament. She won all five of her matches there and defeated Jana Cepelova to lift the title and add a sprinkle of momentum ahead of the French Open.
This is just the first time that Azarenka and Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor meet on the professional circuit and will likely contest a straightforward match that will undoubtedly favour the vastly more experienced former Grand Slam champion. Azarenka’s recovery has been a slow but sure process and she appears to en route to regaining her stride.
Prediction: Victoria Azarenka in Straight Sets