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Victoria Azarenka is now bidding to capture her second Grand Slam and fifth WTA title of the year. As that record suggests, the Belarusian has been in tremendous form. She did however, lose two consecutive finals one to Maria Sharapova and the other to a rampant Serena Williams.
The World No.1 had started the year brilliantly when she won the Sydney International beating French open champion Li Na in the final. She followed that win with her first Grand Slam victory at the Australian Open. By doing that, she became the first-ever player to jump from World No.3 to World No.1 directly. She continued to play like a champion in the following months as she won the WTA title at Doha and then at Indian Wells too. She did however, lose in the quarterfinal of the Miami Sony Ericsson Open to Marion Bartoli. She then lost to arch-rival Maria Sharapova in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. At the Madrid Masters, Azarenka did really well, after getting a tough draw to reach the final. In the finl though, she was completely out muscled by Serena Williams as she humbled her in two sets. Then in Rome last week Azarenka pulled out through injury in the second round. Her win-loss record is at 37-3 this year.
After struggling in the first round, the Belarusian seems to have returned to her best as she absolutely thrashed Dinah Pfizenmaier in her second round match 6-1, 6-1. These are worrying signs for all the rest of the seeds at the event.
Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak has had a decent year this far and has managed to qualify for almost all important tournaments leading up to this one. She has climbed from being 105 in the world to 58 in the world. Her win-loss record is at 25-12 this year.
Their head to head record favors the World No.1, but only just as she has 2 victories in comparison to Wozniak’s 1. Their last meeting was back in 2006 which was won by Wozniak.
TennisEarth predicts an easy win for a rampant Azarenka.
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