The two-time Slam champion will need to recover before a tough second-round battle. (AP)

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:

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. 

 

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"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.

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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