(Reuters) – A resurgent Victoria Azarenka runs into her biggest test so far at this year’s Wimbledon when she meets fellow former world number one Simona Halep on Centre Court on Friday.
The pair have beaten each other twice in their careers and the last time they met was at the same venue in the round of 16 two years ago, when Romanian Halep triumphed in straight sets.
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However, seventh seed Halep has been pushed in her first two matches this year — stretched to three sets by unseeded compatriot Mihaela Buzarnescu in the previous round — as the clay-court specialist struggles to adapt to the faster grass surface.
“It’s totally different, the game,” Halep told reporters after her 6-3 4-6 6-2 win over Buzarnescu. “I cannot slide here as I like on clay court. You don’t have that much time to think about the shots. You have to...
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