Azarenka reaches R2 at Wuhan Open

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Former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka (now ranked No.23) knocked out Lauren Davis (No.74) of the USA in her opening match at the Wuhan Open, China.

The Belarusian clinched a 6-2, 7-6(4) victory over the American in 1 h 35 min.

Azarenka made 5 aces to 2 for Davis. Victoria also had a high percentage of the points won on the first service (70%).

In her post-match press conference, the two-time Australian Open champion touched upon her physical condition and commented on her leg injury: “It was bothering me during the match. But we'll see. I have to take care of that.”

“The year has been not easy for me. I have not won a title. But, first of all, the year is not over yet. I think my progress has been pretty good this year, looking from all the matches that I've played, players that I've played against, players I've beaten this year. So, it's not the best result that I've had in the past. But looking from where I'm coming from, it's not too bad,” she added.

Victoria Azarenka’s next opponent is Brit Johanna Konta (No.66), who beat 2014 Roland Garros semifinalist Andrea Petkovic for the second time in four weeks.

“Obviously beating Andrea Petkovic, not an easy player to beat. It's going to be a little bit of surprise,” admitted Azarenka, who has never played Konta before. “I probably have to watch some matches. My team will do some scouting and come up with a game plan. But I like to approach matches just focusing on myself mostly. So that's how I'm going to try to do.”

The Wuhan Open is staged in China on 27 September – 3 October. The tournament prize money is $2,212,250. The reigning champion is Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.

About Wuhan Open

The Wuhan Open was one of three WTA events in China new to the calendar in 2014. It is also one of two Premier-level stops in China.

Sandwiched in between Premier events in Tokyo and Beijing during the WTA's Asian swing, the Wuhan Open takes place at the Optics Valley International Tennis Center.

Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province and the most populous city in Central China, is often referred to as the country's economic and geographical center. It is also the hometown of two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na.

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