A former world number 1 Victoria Azarenka was forced to dig deep in her opening round match of Mallorca Open, prevailing over a lucky loser Stefanie Voegele 6-7 6-3 7-5 in two hours and 20 minutes to reach the second round. Vika had 12 aces but also 11 double faults, playing up and down tennis but finding the way to emerge as a winner with a break in the penultimate game of the match and avoid a tie break where anything could happen.
Both players created eight break points and it was the Belarusian who fought off six of those (she faced six in the second game of the final set alone) to limit the damage in her games, scoring four breaks on the other side to take nine points more than the Swiss and overcome her in the last stage of the encounter.
Voegele made an ice comeback in the opening set, trailing 4-2 before she pulled the break back in game eight to level the score, saving another break point in game 11 to reach the tie break that she won 7-4. Vika found her range in set number two and she sailed through her service games, breaking Voegele in game two to keep the lead until game nine when she held at love to set up a decider.
There, they broke each other in the opening two games and we saw eight good holds after that to stay locked up at 5-5. Azarenka held after a deuce in game 10 and she grabbed 10 of the last 12 points to cross the finish line first, breaking the Swiss in game 11 and holding at 15 in the following game to move into the second round. First round results: