Azarenka Saves Three Match Points to Win in Debut as Mother

Azarenka Saves Three Match Points to Win in Debut as Mother

However on 5-5 Azarenka got broken at love as Ozaki won seven points in a row: the Japanese didn't convert three match points and in the tie-break she also had several chances: Ozaki was up 2-0, 3-1, 5-3, but from that Azarenka stepped up and after not taking two match points on 6-5 and 7-6, she won on 8-7.

Paris: Former world number one and two-time Grand Slam title victor Victoria Azarenka returns to tennis after a year's absence this week, claiming "I'm ready for a new part of my career". There were a lot of ups and downs, good shots and then easy mistakes.

Ozaki came out to serve for the match on Wednesday, but Azarenka immediately broke back only to drop serve again.

Azarenka, who gave birth to son Leo in December and had not played a competitive match since last year's French Open, saved three match points to win 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7).

Her first round match in Mallorca against Risa Ozaki was suspended due to darkness on Tuesday with Ozaki was set to serve for the match at 5-4 in the third set.

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Azarenka, who took time out of the game to give birth to her first child Leo in December past year, no longer has an official world ranking and entered the grass-court tournament as a wildcard.

The two-time Australian Open champion raced into a 4-0 lead as she won the opening set.

When play restarted on Wednesday, Ozaki was serving for the match.

"I definitely felt better on the tennis court, especially playing-wise", Azarenka said.

Victoria Azarenka will face Croatia's Ana Konjuh who defeated Ons Jabeur of Tunisia 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.