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Tennis: Heather Watson vs Victoria Azarenka - player profiles
July 7, 2017 / 4:04 AM / 5 months ago

Tennis: Heather Watson vs Victoria Azarenka - player profiles

(Reuters) - Here’s a look at the form and previous records of Heather Watson and Victoria Azarenka ahead of their third round match at Wimbledon on Friday:

Tennis - Wimbledon - London, Britain - July 5, 2017 Great Britain’s Heather Watson in action during her second round match against Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

Heather Watson (Britain)

The 25-year-old arrived at the championships on the back of a semi-final appearance in Eastbourne and has boosted her credentials as a grasscourt player with consecutive two-set victories this week.

She hammered out a statement of intent with a 6-0 6-4 second round win over 18th seed Anastasija Sevastova and will be hoping to reach the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in her career on Friday.

Tennis - Wimbledon - London, Britain - July 5, 2017 Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka celebrates winning the second round match against Russia’s Elena Vesnina REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

As an extra incentive, Watson’s coach Morgan Phillips has promised to shave his legs if she can achieve her long-term goal of reaching the second week of a major.

Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)

Former world number one Azarenka, who returned to action last month after giving birth to son Leo in December, is off to a fine start at Wimbledon, her first grand slam appearance since the 2016 French Open.

The twice Wimbledon semi-finalist needed three sets to beat American teenager Catherine Bellis but moved up a gear in the second round to oust 15th seed Elena Vesnina in two.

The 27-year-old has never lost a set to her third round opponent Watson in four previous encounters and will start as a heavy favourite to book a place in the second week of the tournament.

Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Nick Mulvenney

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