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January 31,2023

Injured Azarenka advances at Wimbledon

2nd seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus took on the 106th ranked Portuguese number one, Maria Joao Koehler, on Court One. Azarenka made a nervous start in her first meeting with her little known opponent, but managed to take the game and run up a 4-0 lead. Koehler then got on the board by breaking Azarenka and in the next game she saved three break points before the Belarusian broke through again. Azarenka then served out the set at 6-1, but it was not easy, as most of the games went to at least deuce with Koehler using her leftie serve and glorious forehand to good advantage. In the first game of the second set, the Portuguese got to deuce four times before Azarenka took the game on her 5th break point. The second game was the longest of the match and, with Koehler at advantage, Azarenka slipped and twisted her right knee. She lay on the grass in tears until the trainer arrived and after a very long medical time out, she resumed play. Clearly in much pain, she persevered and only the inexperience of her opponent allowed her to virtually stand in one spot and win points. With a mixture of adrenaline and pain medication, she took the set 6-2.

Two unseeded Americans played on Court 10 – 70th ranked Christina McHale and 147th ranked Alexa Glatch. McHale led the head to head going into this match 1-0. Games went with serve to the 5th game when McHale broke and she held on to her lead to take the set 6-4. There were breaks at the start of the second set before the players got to 4-4, when McHale pulled away to take the set 6-4.

15th seed Marion Bartoli of France took on teenager Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine, who is ranked at 82. These two players had not met in the past and Bartoli eased through the first set 6-3 because of her better serving, more winners and less errors. Svitolina broke Bartoli in the 4th game of the second set to lead 3-1, but Bartoli broke back and levelled. Games then went with serve until Bartoli broke to lead 6-5 and she duly served out at 7-5 for the win.

Renay Freedman
Renay Freedman
WTA tennis writer with a focus on event previews and results.

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