Azarenka, Radwanska rekindle rivalry on the comeback trail

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Victoria Azarenka is trying to win her first title in two years. (AP)

The former No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska will face two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka on Monday in Miami, with both players looking to make a run at a big tournament again.

In 2011, Radwanska reached the final of Wimbledon, then took the Miami title in 2012. However, she has had a couple of poor seasons, and hadn’t defeated a top-five player in two years before she just beat Simona Halep in the third round of Miami.

Azarenka, who is playing only her fourth tournament since having a son in 2016, took down Anastasija Sevastova to set up a meeting with Radwanska.

Azarenka vs. Sevastova match point: 

They haven’t played against each other in almost four years.

“We haven’t played for a very long time, but I’ve played so many matches against her,” Radwanska said. “She’s one of the best players in the world and she’s always going to be. Playing her, I really have nothing to lose, so that’s going to push me 100 percent.”

It's big-hitting Azarenka who leads their career meetings 12-5, but the smooth-stroking Radwanska won both their previous two clashes in 2014.

"It’s been a while since we’ve played; I actually don’t remember," former world No. 1 Azarenka said. "It feels forever ago. She’s a very good player, she’s a very tricky opponent, she reads the game really well. I need to be aggressive.”

The winner will secure a spot in the quarterfinals.

 

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