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World No. 2 Victoria Azrenka looked absolutely flawless yesterday as she outplayed former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic in every departement of the game and sailed home comfortably by losing only a single game throughout the match. From the very start of the match, Azarenka looked highly focussed and she literally pounced upon Ivanovic. Well, the Belarusian needs to maintain same sort of intensity and momentum against rising Austrian Tamira Paszek, who saved two match points to send former world number one Caroline Wozniacki crashing out of Wimbledon last week in a three hour 12-minute marathon to win the first round clash 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-4. Unseeded Paszek subdued Roberta Vinic in her last encounter 6-2 6-2 to set up this duel with Azarenka.
Currently ranked as World No. 2, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus started off the new season on a high note, winning the first four tournaments she played, including the Australian Open. But, in the next four tournaments, she reached the finals of two of them and lost both. Her shocking loss in the fourth round of Roland Garros led her to surrender the World No.1 ranking to Maria Sharapova. Her win-loss record stands at an astounding 40-4 this year and she would be aiming to reclaim her No.1 ranking soon. Azarenka has not lost a set to come this far in this tournament.
Champion at Eastbourne in the week leading up to Wimbledon, the 21-year-old Tamira Paszek has reinvented herself in the new season. She has been maintaining a great form on grass and it seems that she is ready to claim her share of fame and glory. Currently ranked as World No. 37 in the WTA Rankings, the Austrian has a reasonable 10-13 win-loss record for the season. She has won 3 career titles so far.
In head-to-head, Azarenka leads with 2-0. Last time they met last year at Wimbledon at the same stage, when Azarenka subdued the Austrian in straight sets. Paszek must be looking forward to avenge that loss.
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