Wimbledon 🇬🇧💂🍓🎩 R4 Match Preview:
(2) 🇷🇴 Simona Halep vs 🇧🇾 Victoria Azarenka
The pick of the fourth round matches at SW19 sees the second seeded Simona Halep take on a resurgent Victoria Azarenka. Halep has cruised through to the second week in London without dropping a set whilst Azarenka has already overcome a few tight battle in her progression to the second week. The most recent match between these two has an epic at the U.S Open a few years ago, which Halep won in a tight third set. Azarenka will be desperate for revenge here in what should be another memorable match between two very evenly matches combatants.
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Wimbledon 🇬🇧💂🍓 Day 5, R3 Match Preview:
🇧🇾 Victoria Azarenka vs (wc) 🇬🇧 Heather Watson
Victoria Azarenka is building momentum nicely at SW19. Azarenka overcame a tough early round test against Catherine Bellis where she came from a set down before cruising past the 15th seeded Elena Vesnina in straight sets. Azarenka will come up against Britain’s Heather Watson on Friday, an opponent the Belarusian has a perfect record against.
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Wimbledon 🇬🇧💂🍓 Day 3, R2 Match Preview:
🇧🇾 Victoria Azarenka vs 🇷🇺 (15) Elena Vesnina
Victoria Azarenka claimed her first win at a Grand Slam since the 2016 Australian Open to book her spot in the second round at Wimbledon. The Belarusian says she is fitter than ever at the moment and is looking to play better tennis than she ever has, a real warning to the rest of the tour. Given the openness of the draw, Azarenka looms as a dark horse at SW19. After surviving a tough opening challenge against Catherine Bellis, Azarenka faces another tough test on Wednesday when she comes up against the 15th seeded Elena Vesnina.
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Madrid R3: (5) Victoria Azarenka vs (Q) Louisa Chirico
Victoria Azarenka is the top seed remaining at the Mutua Madrid Open heading into third round after Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza were all eliminated from the event in the opening days. The Belarussian will be hard to stop from here given her outstanding form, Azarenka in on a 17 match winning streak, finally playing at her dominant, consistent best. Azarenka will be the strong favourite in her third round clash with American qualifier Louisa Chirico
Victoria Azarenka is a two-time former finalist in Madrid, the Belarussian has made a strong enough start to suggest that she can go one step better in 2016. Azarenka started her 2016 Mutua Madrid Open campaign with a 6-4 6-2 triumph over Laura Robson before recording a commanding 6-3 6-2 win over Alize Cornet. Azarenka was challenged by Cornet but was always too good for the Frenchwoman at the important moments.
Louisa Chirico’s impressive start to the clay court season has continued in Madrid. The 19-year-old American is having the best week of her young career, coming through the qualifying draw to reach the third round of a premier mandatory level event for the first time. Chirico has beaten a pair of difficult opponents on route to the third round, a 7-5 6-1 win over Monica Niculescu before claiming the biggest victory of her career, a 5-7 6-3 6-1 win over Ana Ivanovic. Chirico did impressively well to bounce back from the disappointment of losing a tight opening set to ultimately run away with the match.
This will be the first career match-up between Azarenka and Chirico. On paper, this looks like a massive mismatch. This is probably the biggest match of Chirico’s career; the American is likely to find life difficult against the form player on tour but will enter this clash with nothing to lose which is always a good position to be in. Azarenka should continue her winning ways and a pretty comfortable win here.
Prediction: Victoria Azarenka to defeat Louisa Chirico in 2 sets
Madrid R2: (4) Victoria Azarenka vs Alize Cornet
2-time former finalist Victoria Azarenka will continue her quest for her first title in Madrid on Monday where she will take on Alize Cornet in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open. Azarenka is the form player on the tour right now, the Belarussian is on a 15 match winning streak and will be a strong favourite to continue her winning ways against Alize Cornet, an opponent Azarenka has never lost to.
Azarenka made a solid start to her 2016 Madrid campaign on Sunday, recording a relatively comfortable 6-4 6-2 win over Laura Robson. Azarenka was not at her best but was still solid enough to claim a straight set win. Clay has always been considered Azarenka’s worst surface, but there seems to be an opportunity for Azarenka to thrive on the clay in the next couple of months given some of her greatest rivals seem quite vulnerable at the moment.
Alize Cornet’s form is in complete contrast to Azarneka’s. The Frenchwoman has generally struggled in 2016, an injury set-back forced Cornet to miss a couple of months of tennis and her form since her return to the court has been quite poor. Cornet was lucky to advance to the second round in Madrid, Cornet was in trouble against Spanish wild card Paula Badosa Gibert after conceding the first set, but would ultimately progress thanks to her opponent being forced to retire due to injury in the final set. Cornet will need to improve dramatically if she is to claim her first career victory over Azarenka on Monday.
Azarenka has a perfect 4-0 head-to-head record over Cornet. However, the last three matches between the pair have been very close, requiring a third set. Their most recent clash was in Montreal back in 2014, Azarenka claimed a 6-4 2-6 6-4 victory on that occasion.
Azarenka is clearly in a better position heading into this match. Azarenka is in great physical shape at the moment and is extremely confident, whilst Cornet is currently deprived of confidence and match fitness. This is usually a tough match-up for Azarenka, Cornet certainly has the ability to trouble the Belarussian (especially on a clay court) however given the current form of the two, this should be comfortable win for Azarenka.
Prediction: Victoria Azarenka to defeat Alize Cornet in 2 sets