With Azarenka being ranked at 44th in the world after missing a lot of matches due to injury last year we knew she would most likely play a top player in the opening couple of rounds that being Caroline Wozniacki.
Azarenka couldn’t of got off to a better start racing into a 3-0 lead against the Dane and breaking serve twice however she did then have the opportunity to take a 4-0 lead however Wozniacki fought back for 4-4 but couldn’t hold after an 8 minute game and Azarenka served for the set at 5-4 and comfortably held from 0-30 to take the first set 6-4.
I think the score line was a fair representation of the first set, Wozniacki did take a while to get going and wasn’t even at her very best towards the end of the set with a few loose shots which you’d expect her to make however you can’t take anything away Azarenka who played very well and kept the rallies going and found a lot of joy going crosscourt to the Wozniacki back hand but struggled at times when Wozniacki put a bit of height on the ball.
Wozniacki just simply couldn’t deal with the pressure coming from Azarenka and the Bulgarian broke Wozniacki for a 2-1 lead before a comfortable hold for 3-1. Despite some idiot from the crowd shouting ‘GO RORY’ Caroline served out her next game with an ace to hold but still trailed 2-3. It’s the first time in a long while that Wozniacki struggled to gain any momentum in the match and take control and at 4-2 to Azarenka she broke to love taking a 5-2 lead and then serving out the match. Overall it was a brilliant performance from Azarenka and now you have to think she is getting back to her best and is a contender for the title.
When I saw the draw it was likely that they would meet in round two and I felt the winner would go on and continue to do well in the tournament and there is a quarter final match with Serena Williams in store if all goes to plan however you can’t look too far ahead as she faces a tricky opponent in Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova in the next round.