Updated: Monday, 23 June 2014 22:17 | By Agence France-Presse

Azarenka wins on return to 'danger' court

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka won her first match since January at Wimbledon on Monday on the same court where she suffered a knee injury which ended her 2013 hopes.

Azarenka wins on return to 'danger' court

Belarus's Victoria Azarenka celebrates winning her women's singles first round match against Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni on day one of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in southwest London, on June 23, 2014 - by Carl Court

Azarenka, the eighth seed, won 6-3, 7-5 against Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who was a semi-finalist back in 1999, on Court One.

That was the same arena where she hurt her right knee in a nasty fall in the first round 12 months ago, an injury which sparked her withdrawal from the next round.

It was a defeat which led to Azarenka angrily condemning the All England Club courts as dangerous.

This year, the former Australian Open champion has been plagued by a left foot injury which kept her off tour from Indian Wells in March to Eastbourne last week where she lost her opener to Camila Giorgi.

Azarenka now goes on to face Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski.

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