15-seeded Victoria Azarenka meets former world No. 9 Andrea Petkovic in the second round of the 2022 French Open on Wednesday, May 25. and tips here.
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Victoria Azarenka against Andrea Petkovic head to head
Azarenka leads the H2H 3-1, with the last game taking place in Berlin (grass) last year and Azarenka winning in straight sets. Their 3 other games took place between 2010 and 2013.
Azarenka in the second round from the edge of the exit
Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka was close to a shock exit in the first round when Ana Bogdan served for the match 7-6, 6-5. Azarenka broke back and won the match in 3 sets.
Ana Bogdan played very well in the first two sets and Azarenka had to dig really deep. The match had 34 break points, indicating the intensity of the match.
Azarenka has a good record at Roland Garros, reaching the semifinals in 2013 and reaching the quarterfinals twice in 2009 and 2011. Last year she reached the round of 16, losing to eventual finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
The Belarusian had a mixed year with a 13-7 record and 5-2 on clay. She is well prepared and will go to the next round with confidence.
Petkovic has a surprise in mind
The German tennis player Andrea Petkovic won her first round match quite easily against the local player Oceane Dodin. Petkovic won 6-4, 6-2. Dodin came into Petkovic’s service games but failed to convert while Petkovic had a 55% breakpoint conversion rate.
The former top-10 player had reached the Roland Garros semi-finals in 2014 and has reached the third round three times since then.
Petkovic could only play 5 matches on clay before this tournament and 4 of them were qualifiers. In 2021 she had a 14-8 record on clay and won the title in Cluj-Napoca. She also reached the Hamburg final on clay.
The German will need to play her best game of the season to have a chance against Azarenka, especially considering her H2H record.
Azarenka v Petkovic prediction and tip
Azarenka came through a much more difficult match than Petkovic. However, it may have inadvertently helped Azarenka that she had to find a very high level to find a win and will go into the second round match with plenty of confidence. The former Australian Open champion should be able to win this match in straight sets.
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