LONDON (AP) — Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka entered Wimbledon without a win in five months and a big question mark over her form, having played only twice since losing in the Australian Open quarterfinals.
The eighth-seeded Azarenka responded in style on Monday, defeating former semifinalist Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3, 7-5 to reach the second round.
"I was super happy to get a win," said Azarenka, a two-time semifinalist at the All England Club.
It was a much better outcome than last year on the same Court One, where she badly twisted her right knee in the first round and eventually was forced out of the tournament.
When Lucic-Baroni sent a final forehand long, Azarenka pumped her fists and raised a finger before congratulating her opponent and blowing kisses to the crowd
Before making her return at Eastbourne following a long layoff with a left foot injury, Azarenka had played her last match on tour at Indian Wells, Californina, in March, losing in straight sets.
She also lost in the first round at the Wimbledon warm-up event last week, but at least she got the opportunity to tune-up for the grass-court Slam.
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