(12) Victoria Azarenka takes on Kateryna Kozlova in this round.
Date: June 29, 2021
Wimbledon Championships are the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world.
Round 1 of the tournament (Round of 128)
Location: London, United Kingdom
Grand Slam is a tournament that takes place every year.
Grass as a surface
£17,066,000 in prize money
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Preview: Victoria Azarenka vs. Kateryna Kozlova
In the first round of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, 12th seed Victoria Azarenka will face World No. 157 Kateryna Kozlova.
Azarenka reached the fourth round of the French Open earlier this month and has continued her success on the grass. The two-time Wimbledon semifinalist advanced to the final four in Berlin and then to the quarterfinals in Bad Homburg.
Needless to say, the former World No. 1 is full of confidence heading to SW19.
Kateryna Kozlova, her first-round opponent, has been a regular on the tour for several years, reaching a high of No. 62. The 27-year-old Ukrainian has a dismal 8-7 win-loss record this season and has yet to reach a quarter-final.
Her finest performance came in Nottingham, where she won three matches to advance from the qualifying stages to the Round of 16.
Kozlova has her work cut out for her when she takes on an in-form Azarenka for the first time at Wimbledon.
Head-to-head matchup between Victoria Azarenka and Kateryna Kozlova
Because Victoria Azarenka and Kateryna Kozlova have never met on the tour, their head-to-head record is now 0-0.
Victoria Azarenka vs Kateryna Kozlova prediction
Victoria Azarenka is the overwhelming favorite to win this tournament based on her ranking and recent results. Over the last several weeks, the Belarusian has been striking the ball with confidence, and he will be aiming for a smooth path into the next round.
Kozlova’s serve isn’t the biggest on the circuit, and against a returner like Azarenka, that shot could be put to the test. To have a chance of pulling off the upset, Kozlova will have to participate in long, difficult rallies with the two-time Australian Open champion and try to tire down the 31-year-old.
Azarenka, on the other hand, is in excellent shape and should be able to ease into the second round.