Compared to the likes of her rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka has opened her 2013 Wimbledon campaign quietly. Not the same is true of her actual tennis, of course, but Maria Joao Koehler, playing in her first Wimbledon ever, held little trouble for the world's No. 2 star. Vika won 6-1, 6-2, despite a scary fall on the Court 1 grass. Here's a look at that spill:
''I was in such shock,'' Azarenka said later. ''You know, for two minutes I had such a consistent pain that it just completely freaked me out, what happened. Because you never know. You're just down on the ground. You never know what happened. It was so quick and a huge shock.''
It's hardly the first such instance for Azarenka, who has a history of tough injuries and illnesses in her career, including a fainting spell that saw her taken from the court in a wheelchair at the 2010 U.S. Open.
''I think, first of all, it's quite difficult to make a lot of drop shots against my game,'' Azarenka said. ''I really understood that I could [not] move the same way as before my fall. So I really went for my shots. I felt like I had to be aggressive, to finish as quick as possible.''
Azarenka is quite measured in her shots, hitting with a good deal of power but hardly whelming others in the top 10. By her standards, though, she was forced to nearly go for broke against an upstart foe. If the injury proves potent, she could face a difficult road to returning to the semifinals at SW19.
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