Internazionali BNL d'Italia She was very disappointed last week when leaving Madrid. Not only she lost against Makarova in three sets, but World No.3 Victoria Azarenka had a popular argument against chair umpire Alves that quickly finished on youtube.
In Rome it's a new week, a new tournament, and a new Vika hit the clay courts of the Italian capital. The former World No.1 stepped on court full of confidence, ready to express her best tennis on clay. That's exactely what she did.
Vika took control of the match from the early stages, playing deep inside the court and staying aggressive to put pressure on her opponent Julia Goerges. Courts in Rome are slightly slower than Madrid, where the altitude makes the ball bounce higher.
Despite the fact she prefers to play on hard courts, Azarenka dominated the match, sliding well and produce quality clay court game. In the end the Belarus beat Gorges 6-2 6-0 in just 1 minute over an hour. World No.25 Goerges just didn't have an aswer to contrast Vika's aggressiveness.
Next for Azarenka will be Japanese Ayumi Morita who took out the last Radwanska standing in Rome, beating Urszula 6-3 6-1. Maria Sharapova is the defending champion in Roma, but has learnt how to deal with this kind of pressure long time ago.
The World No.2, a finalist to Serena Williams in Madrid last week, dominated Spanish rising star Garbine Muguruza 6-2 6-2 in just 1 hour and 4 minutes. In her attempt to confirm last year's Roman title, Sharapova will now take on Sloane Stephens.
This could be a tricki match for the 2012 Roland Garros champion. If Maria wants to make sure to take the match in straight sets she'll have to play at her highest level, as Stephens can perform very well on clay courts.