Tomorrow at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, world number-one Victoria Azarenka takes on number 12 Andrea Petkovic in the second round.
Of course, this would've had the makings of a final only a few months ago, but Petkovic's rise up the rankings was slowed by injury and this is her first bit of tournament action in a while. (She did play Fed Cup over the weekend.)
In her time off the tour, Azarenka's already had a season for the ages--going undefeated to start the year until her quarterfinal loss in Miami. That's the last tournament she's played before making this her clay-court debut of the year.
And while clay isn't her best surface, looking at her career tournament wins, Azarenka is no slouch on the dirt. The same can be said of Petkovic, too, but the rust of being off tour for a while might be too much for her to overcome--combined with going against Azarenka, too!
Still, it's as good a gauge as any, facing the top-ranked player, on seeing where your game is and one Petkovic, the hometown favorite in this match, can use going forward in the months ahead as she makes her comeback.
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