Serving at 0-2, 0-30 in the first set, Victoria Azarenka kicked into high gear to win the opening match of her title defense at the Qatar Total Open. The World No.1 improved to 10-0 on the season.
On Wednesday, Victoria Azarenka got her Qatar Total Open title defense off to a winning start overcoming a slow start but eventually cruising past Romina Oprandi in straight sets.
The two players went on a holding pattern the rest of the way until the World No.1 emerged with a 62 63 victory. Playing for the first time since winning her second straight Australian Open, Azarenka dropped the first two games of the match and found herself in more trouble serving at 0-2, 0-30 – but she found her range again from there, reeling off nine games in a row to build a 62 30 lead.
“I felt like it was a little bit of a slow start for me – I started to go for my shots too much at the beginning,” Azarenka said after the match. “Then I started to be more patient, work the points more, got more into the game and started to play much better. I’m really glad I could turn it around.”
“I’m looking forward to elevating my game from match to match and improving the rest of the week, and the rest of the year even – I’m just always hoping to make one more step towards my goal.”