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Wimbledon Monday: Azarenka In Action

Victoria Azarenka looks to show she is recovered from a foot injury and Venus Williams hopes to display the form that has taken her to five Wimbledon titles.

Published June 22, 2014 12:13

Wimbledon Monday: Azarenka In Action
Victoria Azarenka

LONDON, England - Two players looking to rediscover past Grand Slam glory, Victoria Azarenka and Venus Williams, are among those who will be on court on the first day of play at the All-England Club.

Monday, First Round

No.1 Court
[8] Victoria Azarenka (BLR #9) vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO #108)
Head-to-head:
Azarenka leads 1-0
Victoria Azarenka played her first match since March last week in Eastbourne, and though she fell just short against Camila Giorgi, she appeared fully recovered from her foot injury and showed signs of the form that previously took her to two Grand Slam titles and the No.1 ranking.

Azarenka is a two-time Wimbledon semifinalist, though her Grand Slam titles came at the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013. First round foe Mirjana Lucic-Baroni's career-defining moment came here back in 1999, when as World No.134 she beat World No.4 Monica Seles during a run to the semifinals. That was her first of five Top 10 wins and remains her best.

No.2 Court
[30] Venus Williams (USA #31) vs. María-Teresa Torró-Flor (ESP #56)
Head-to-head:
First meeting
Though her last Grand Slam title came here six years ago, Venus Williams' game is still perfectly suited to the grass. She takes a 71-11 record at the All-England Club, along with five titles, into this outing. She will surely be excited to take the court, considering she missed Wimbledon for the first time in her career last year with a low back injury.

María-Teresa Torró-Flor is in the midst of a career-best year, having recorded her first Top 10 win over Angelique Kerber at Indian Wells and having won her first WTA title at Marrakech in April.

Stat to watch: Williams will pass Tamarine Tanasugarn for most Wimbledon appearances among active players with her 17th. She also has more Wimbledon match wins than any active player and is in fourth place on the Open Era list.

Also on court...
No.2 seed Li Na plays Paula Kania, No.6 seed Petra Kvitova takes on fellow Czech Andrea Hlavackova, No.16 seed Caroline Wozniacki squares off with Shahar Peer, and No.18 seed Sloane Stephens meets Maria Kirilenko.

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