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Wimbledon: Azarenka fury as she makes shock departure


Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka

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Victoria Azarenka

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka delivered a stinging critique of her performance in the 6-3 3-6 7-5 second-round defeat to unfancied Serbian Bojana Jovanovski on Court Three at Wimbledon.

The number eight seed, twice a semi-finalist at the All England Club, was playing only the third match of her comeback from a foot injury.

Belarusian Azarenka recovered after losing the first set to level the match.

However, Jovanovski, ranked 45th in the world, produced a determined response, continuing to stretch the experienced 24-year-old before eventually closing out victory after almost an hour of the deciding set.

“She played well and I don't want to take credit away from her, but I always look at what I did,” Azarenka said.

“I am just really p****d off right now for not taking those opportunities.

“I think that's okay to be that way because I really need to go through that and learn from it and just take it from here. I am going to be hard on myself just because I want to be better.”

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Azarenka, who started 2012 with a 26-match winning streak, is determined to regroup ahead of the hard-court season.

She added: “Match endurance is important, to stay more consistent in the matches and that is going to come by playing matches, but physically I feel fine.”

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