Azarenka – down and nearly out.

29 May

Va Victoria Azarenka went very close to being bundled out in the 1st round of the French Open. In an error riddled, nervous and just plain awful exhibition, Azarenka, the current world #1 didn’t have things all her own way against Alberta Brianti of Italy.

In fact Brianti led by a set and 4 love with a break point for a 5 love lead. Azarenka hit a tight first serve – faulted – and was really staring down the barrel of defeat. She did what champion players do so well. Dug deep. Hit a second serve ace, got herself out of trouble and scrapped her way back into the match to win in 3 gruelling sets. And in doing so avoided being the first women’s top seed to go out in the first round in Paris.

Vika did what Brad Gilbert described so eloquently in his book – “winning ugly”. She lives to fight another day – and will want to put this one well and truly behind her.

RODDICK HORRENDOUS

And on the mens side of the draw Andy Roddick was not so fortunate, going down to Frenchman Nicholas Mahut – who is most famous for being on the losing side of the epic Wimbledon encounter with John Isner that went for 3 days. Roddick in his post match press conference confirmed what we were all thinking – he “played and moved horrendously”. Andy has never been one to mince his words.

 

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