Victoria Azarenka scored her first Grand Slam win in a year on Monday at Wimbledon by beating Ekaterina Alexandrova, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
But she first had to overcome some adversity early in the match when, like several other players, she slipped and fell on the grass:
Ouuchh Vika hope she's ok it looked nasty pic.twitter.com/YXtPNFqnsd— LorenaPopa????️♀️ ???????????? (@popalorena) July 2, 2018
In only the third game of the match, Azarenka was changing directions to chase down an Alexandrova forehand when her feet fell out from beneath her. Though she needed to take a medical timeout at the game's end, she eventually won the first set in a tiebreak—and the match in straight sets.
"It definitely brought some bad memories," Azarenka said, referring to a similar yet far more devastating fall in 2013. "I was a little worried."
Azarenka pulled off the win five years ago, too, but she was then unable to play her second-round match.
"But I'm pretty optimistic. I'm thinking positive," Azarenka added.
Victoria Azarenka is through to the second round after a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over Ekaterina Alexandrova at #Wimbledon. Vika took a tough fall in the match, but she appears to be okay. pic.twitter.com/qegL8Nx9jE— TENNIS.com (@Tennis) July 2, 2018
Her next opponent this time is No. 7 seed and recent world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova. She and Pliskova split their previous two matches this year, with Azarenka winning in Miami and Pliskova taking it on the Madrid clay.
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