Vic Az a chance
Williams must not be discounted either, says Petchey
Last Updated: 25/06/12 3:40pm
Mark Petchey believes reigning Australian open champion Victoria Azarenka can 'create a few headlines' at Wimbledon.
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"I think Azarenka is going to enjoy this surface and she has a point to prove."
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The Belarusian was beaten in the fourth round of the French Open earlier this month and subsequently lost her number one ranking to Roland Garros victor Maria Sharapova.
But the number two seed made the semi-finals at the All England Club in 2011 before falling to eventual champion Petra Kvitova and begins her quest for a maiden SW19 title against America's Irina Falconi on Tuesday.
"I think the conditions here are perfect for her as she is such a strong striker of the ball," Petchey told Wimbledon Report.
"The balls are a lot heavier here than they are in Paris and don't fly quite as much. I feel she is going to have the ability to get the ball through the court.
"I think she is going to enjoy this surface and she has a point to prove, and anyone who is that talented and has a point to prove you expect to see them creating a few headlines."
Four-time Wimbledon queen Serena Williams, seeded six in South West London this year, was surprisingly conquered in the opening round on the Parisian clay.
But Petchey thinks the 30-year-old's rampant serve and tendency to respond to setbacks means she can add to her tally of 13 Grand Slam titles on Saturday week.
"Most people's view after she bombed out of Paris was [Wimbledon] was going to be the reaction and we were going to see her come back in some style and I think that is the case," Petchey said of Williams, who last won at Wimbledon in 2010.
"She has probably the best serve of all time on the women's Tour; it wins her so many free points here and if that's working to its normal working order she is going to be very tough to stop.
"She has had the ability throughout the course of her career to bounce back from disappointments. Critics have perhaps written her off and said this is the end and when that has been the case she has been at her most dangerous."