Victoria Azarenka vs Elena Vesnina, Wimbledon R2 Preview

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.

Azarenka made a slow start to her tricky opening round clash against Catherine Bellis. Azarenka found herself a set down before significantly improving her level to claim an important 3-6 6-2 6-1 victory. Vesnina was also forced into a deciding set by a much younger opponent at SW19 on Monday. The Russian claimed a 6-4 5-7 6-2 win over compatriot Anna Blinkova.

Azarenka has dominated the head-to-head series between these two. Azarenka holds a perfect 7-0 record over Vesnina and has never lost a set to the Russian in all 7 seven of their previous matches. Most recently. Azarenka beat Vesnina 6-2 6-0 in Brisbane last year.

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Azarenka has to be given the edge here. This early in the Belarusian’s comeback to the tour, no match is likely to be easy. Despite the head-to-head record, Vesnina will feel like she has a chance here, especially if she can draw on confidence from her run to the semi-finals at this event last year. This is generally a good match-up for Azarenka because she has Vesnina covered from the baseline and likes a target at the net if Vesnina frequently comes forward, Azarenka can also come to the net and rush Vesnina. This should be closer than their previous matches but Azarenka should win.

Prediction: Victoria Azarenka to defeat Elena Vesnina in 3 sets

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