Victoria Azarenka advanced to the third round of the Indian Wells WTA 1000 after being helped by the retirement of her rival, Magda Linette (54th), due to injury. The Belarusian, who had to fight in the first set, led the score by 7-5 and 3-0 when the Polish said enough.
The 32-year-old historical tennis player, champion of two Grand Slam tournaments (Australian Open 2012 and 2013) and former world number one, surpassed her premiere in the Californian desert. She faced the Polish, who had just passed the first round against the Swedish Rebecca Peterson, and suffered physical discomfort that led her to leave the game before finishing.
The truth is that “Vika” brought out her hierarchy to take a fought first set and then imposed a good tennis on court three of the Indian Wells complex in order to secure her place in the third round.
Her next rival will come out of the commitment between the Czech Petra Kvitova and the Dutch Arantxa Rus.