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Victoria Azarenka advances in Birmingham

United Kingdom: Former World No 1 Victoria Azarenka says she still dreams of winning Wimbledon, despite revealing some of the frustrations and uncertainties she has suffered in the last couple of years.

Victoria Azarenka during her match against Varvara Lepchenko Monday. Pic/AFP
Victoria Azarenka during her match against Varvara Lepchenko Monday. Pic/AFP 

Repeated injuries have prevented Azarenka from winning a title for 22 months, and she endured an up-and-down first round at the Wimbledon warm-up event in Birmingham on Tuesday.

She was five times within a point of going 0-5 down against Varvara Lepchenko, an American ranked outside the top 30, before fighting back, with a mixture of fierce hitting and varying confidence, to win 7-6 (9-7), 6-4.

Azarenka started to serve commandingly and successfully take risks with ground-stroke attacks whilst whittling away that big leeway.

But she still needed to save a set point at 6-7 in the tie-break, and recover from the disappointment of losing her service break in the second set before prevailing.

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