KINDNESS! Victoria Azarenka displays a Novak Djokovic like Gesture at WTA Berlin 2021

Published 06/16/2021, 2:13 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka reacts during her first round match against Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


The Grass Court Championships are taking place in Berlin, and Victoria Azarenka has started her journey with a win. The star from Belarus grabbed the headlines with a sweet gesture from her side. Azarenka gave her racquet to a fan in the stands, after her win over Andrea Petkovic in the first round. Azarenka is currently preparing for the Wimbledon Championships, which will be underway later this month in London.

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Victoria Azarenka won her first-round match against Andrea Petkovic, 6-4, 7-6. The World No. 16 had to work hard in order to register her win over the German. The two-time Australian Open champion will be facing Angelique Kerber in the round of 16 stage on Thursday. Kerber will be keen on registering her first title at the Berlin competition. The Grass Court Championships have returned after a 13-year gap and were previously known as the German Open.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka reacts during her first round match against Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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Victoria Azarenka makes a sweet gesture for a lucky fan

Victoria Azarenka gave her racquet to a fan in the stands after her first-round win. The lucky fan got her racquet after she brushed past her German opponent in straight sets. The gesture reminded fans of Novak Djokovic, as he had also given his racquet to a young fan last week, after his French Open victory. The young fan in the stands had also been guiding him on how to play.

What’s next for Azarenka?

As the tournament progresses, Azarenka will be taking on another German challenger. Angelique Kerber, current World No. 27, had an easy win in her first-round match against Japan’s Misaki Doi. The German wasted no time and won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.

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Now, Azarenka will be determined to finish the tournament on a high note, before heading towards the Wimbledon Championships. A title win in Berlin will boost her morale and send her confidence levels soaring.

The Belarusian has a great chance at making a comeback and getting her game back at the top. After losing a couple of Grand Slam finals in the past years, Azarenka can increase her chances at Wimbledon with a win at Berlin. It all comes down to the next step; her round of 16 match on Thursday.

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