Victoria Azarenka v Tatjana Maria. The match will be played on Wednesday, February 27, at around 6 pm local time (12 noon BST).
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Victoria Azarenka v Tatjana Maria Head to Head
This will be the first time that Azarenka and Maria will be facing off in their careers.
Azarenka Easy Winner in Opener
As we had discussed in our previous preview to Azarenka’s opening encounter, the Belarusian has faced a ton of issues off the court but she has looked to bounce back every time. This time around too, it looks like there has been a struggle for Azarenka, who fell in the first round at the Australian Open and then lost her second round match at St Petersburg but she has come back well here.
Danielle Rose Collins was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open earlier this year but Azarenka romped home to a crushing 6-1, 6-2 win in her first round match against the same opponent to ensure she enters this encounter with a lot more confidence than she would have otherwise.
Can she register her first back to back wins this season?
Tatjana Maria Aiming for Newport Repeat
Maria did not face too many difficulties in her first round win beating Martina Trevisan but that was also because her first round opponent was a a lucky loser. Now would be her first real test but she has something of a recent memory to fall back on.
As recently as the previous month, Maria had made it as far as the semi-final of the Newport Beach Open, beating the likes of Christina McHale and Nicole Gibbs on her way before she lost to Bianca Andreescu. That was also followed by three successive defeats, including the Newport Beach Open and that is where her inconsistency will be tested by a champion player like Azarenka.
Victoria Azarenka v Tatjana Maria Predictions & Tips
Azarenka looks like she is slowly and steadily regaining some of her touch of the old and expect her to not just win this match but also win this in style. A straight-set win for Azarenka looks like the most possible result with bet365 offering 8/15 for that eventuality.
You can watch & bet on Victoria Azarenka v Tatjana Maria on Wednesday, February 27 here . The match is scheduled for 10 pm BST.