2016 Roland Garros Women’s World number 5 Victoria Azarenka vs Karin Knapp match-up in first round full game highlights, result score, and recap reactions May 24, 2016 French Open update.
Down 4–0 in the third set to Karin Knapp, Victoria Azarenka retired from her first-round match at the French Open due to injury. After losing the first set 6–3, Azarenka tweaked her right knee midway through the second, limped to her chair and took a long injury timeout before returning to the match.
She then won all three of her break points in the set to force a tiebreak, and forced a third set,8–6. Her knee continued to bother her throughout.
Victoria Azarenka retires from first round match at French Open, Injury ends Azarenka’s comeback in French Open first round.
Roland Garros has never been Azarenka’s most successful Grand Slam, nor clay her best surface. Of Azarenka’s 21 titles, just one came on clay and it was an International-level title at that.
She’s been a runner-up in Madrid twice as well as in Stuttgart and Rome, but on her nine appearances at the French Open, she has made just one semifinal – in 2013, losing to Maria Sharapova – and two quarterfinals, in 2009 (losing to Dinara Safina) and 2011 (losing to Li Na).
Azarenka, like Agnieszka Radwanska, is not a bad clay-court player: It’s just not her best surface. She doesn’t have the raw power to really impose herself on it, and the high bounce doesn’t suit her flat groundstrokes.