It’s been one hell of a comeback so far and Victoria Azarenka put on a hell of a performance something I’d call a ‘champions performance’.
The first set was all Sevastova and you have to give credit to the Latvian, she has had a very good last year or so on the tour climbing inside the top 20 and her tennis is so commitment and expressive I wasn’t surprised by her quick start, I was slightly surprised by the slow start Vika made.
The forehand of the Latvian kept the ball away from the former champion and Vika just couldn’t reach it and subsequently lost the first set and fell a break down in the second.
At this point Vika put on a performance of control and experience as she began to hit all ground strokes with precision and gut.
This is what I have missed is watching Vika in full flight. When she has the bit between her teeth she is so good to watch, the plan in the performance is stunning and Sevastova didn’t play too badly and her level didn’t drop too much but Vika managed to control the match.
At the end of the match which she took 6-1 in the final set there wasn’t much celebration from the former world number one more of a shake of the head which is what a great champion like herself does.
She didn’t start great, she gained control through her skill and experience but isn’t happy with that performance on a whole and I’d expect to see a quicker Vika out of the blocks when she faces Aga on Monday.