The 23nd seed at the 2015 edition of the Wimbledon Championships, two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka, will continue her fortnight at SW 19 with a second round match-up against Kirsten Flipkens. This is a player she has faced three times previously on the professional tour. Azarenka leads the head-to-head series 3-0, including a win at this year’s Indian Wells Premier mandatory event.
In one of her best matches to date this season, Victoria Azarenka cruised into the second round at Wimbledon following a straight sets victory against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. She won the match 6-2, 6-1 in less than an hour of court time. Even though she was all the way out on Court 12, it had little impact on her spirits.
“I think it was a very solid performance. I felt I was in control pretty much the whole time… of course first match you get a little bit nervous but I felt like I handled it well, I was focused through my match and especially in the second set I felt like the momentum was going my way,” said Azarenka. “I’m very excited to play and I feel really happy to be on the court, and I’m ready to stay there as long as I need to. I feel that my game is improving and I’m really starting to perfect those little things and put my game together.”
Azarenka will come up against Flipkens, who was forced to rally back from a bagel set to defeat Annika Beck in three sets. Flipkens fought back and struck 41 winners and five aces to win the match 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a total of one hour and 44 minutes.
This marks the fourth time that Azarenka and Flipkens will meet on the professional tour, and the first time on a grass court. Azarenka rallied from a set down to beat her Belgian adversary previously and could possibly face a similar outcome this time around.
Prediction: Victoria Azarenka in Three Sets