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Wimbledon 2017: Heather Watson knocked out by former world number one Victoria Azarenka

Wimbledon 2017: Heather Watson knocked out by former world number one Victoria Azarenka

Now ranked at 683 in the world, the Belarusian has just come back to the WTA Tour from pregnancy – having given birth in December – and was only playing in her fifth match upon her return.

Wimbledon 2017, Women's Singles Preview: Victoria Azarenka to take on Heather Watson for third round match at All England Club

Wimbledon 2017, Women's Singles Preview: Victoria Azarenka to take on Heather Watson for third round match at All England Club

Former world number one Azarenka, who returned to action last month after giving birth to son Leo in December, is off to a fine start at Wimbledon, her first grand slam appearance since the 2016 French Open.

Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal take Centre Court in round 2 at All England Club

Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal take Centre Court in round 2 at All England Club

Wimbledon order of play on the show courts at the All England Club on Wednesday, the third day of the 2017 championships (x denotes seeding):

2017 Wimbledon: Victoria Azarenka takes baby steps on return to All England Club

2017 Wimbledon: Victoria Azarenka takes baby steps on return to All England Club

Azarenka, who reached the semi-finals at the All England Club in 2011 and 2012, came from behind to beat 18-year-old CiCi Bellis of the United States, the world number 40, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 on Court One.

Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal aim to bury doubts as action begins at All England Club today

Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal aim to bury doubts as action begins at All England Club today

Top seed and world number one Murray opens proceedings on Centre Court insisting a hip problem will not prevent him from dispatching Kazakh lucky loser Alexander Bublik.

Victoria Azarenka's return cut short in Mallorca Open by Croatia's Ana Konjuh

Victoria Azarenka's return cut short in Mallorca Open by Croatia's Ana Konjuh

Konjuh, 19, dominated from the start and Azarenka had no answer to the depth and power of her opponent.

Victoria Azarenka relishing future 'battle of mums' with Serena Williams

Victoria Azarenka relishing future 'battle of mums' with Serena Williams

Azarenka, 27, has always been one of the most ferocious competitors on the women's circuit.

After one-year break, Victoria Azarenka ready for 'new part of career'

Azarenka, the 2012 and 2013 Australian Open champion, gave birth to Leo in December last year.

Victoria Azarenka hastens to tennis court after son's birth, wants to play Wimbledon

Victoria Azarenka hastens to tennis court after son's birth, wants to play Wimbledon

Azarenka announced in April that she would return to the court in August at the Stanford tournament, but the two-time Australian Open champion has decided to speed up her return.

Maria Sharapova's comeback: Players unhappy as promoters drool over profit margins at Stuttgart

Maria Sharapova's comeback: Players unhappy as promoters drool over profit margins at Stuttgart

World number five Simona Halep, the fourth seed in Stuttgart, also believes that handing Sharapova a wildcard sends completely the wrong signal.

New mum Victoria Azarenka all set to return to WTA at Stanford

New mum Victoria Azarenka all set to return to WTA at Stanford

Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion, launched her 2016 campaign with back-to-back titles at Indian Wells and Miami, but missed the rest of the season after announcing she was expecting Leo in December.

Australian Open 2017: 'Birthday-Girl' Angelique Kerber advances to third round, beats Carina Witthoeft in a hard-fought battle

Australian Open 2017: 'Birthday-Girl' Angelique Kerber advances to third round, beats Carina Witthoeft in a hard-fought battle

The defending champion, who turned 29, battled through 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2 and will next face either Kristyna Pliskova or Irina-Camelia Begu.

Wimbledon: Victoria Azarenka suffers knee injury, withdraws from the tournament

Wimbledon: Victoria Azarenka suffers knee injury, withdraws from the tournament

Her withdrawal means five-times champion Venus Williams will move up into the top eight seeds.

Victoria Azarenka defeats Svetlana​ Kuznetsova for Miami crown

Victoria Azarenka defeats Svetlana​ Kuznetsova for Miami crown

Azarenka wins game 6-3, 6-2 for her third Miami hardcourt crown.

Victoria Azarenka downs Johanna Konta to reach Miami semi-finals

Victoria Azarenka downs Johanna Konta to reach Miami semi-finals

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka advanced to the semi-finals of the ATP and WTA Miami Open on Wednesday by defeating British 24th seed Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2.

Serena Williams slams Indian Wells boss Raymond Moore for sexist remark

Serena Williams slams Indian Wells boss Raymond Moore for sexist remark

"Obviously, I don't think any woman should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that," Williams said.

Novak Djokovic, Victoria Azarenka roll to easy title wins at Indian Wells

Novak Djokovic, Victoria Azarenka roll to easy title wins at Indian Wells

Victoria Azarenka defeated error-prone Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4.

Victoria Azarenka pulls out of Mexico Open due to injury

Victoria Azarenka pulls out of Mexico Open due to injury

Azarenka was playing her first event since falling in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open to eventual champion Angelique Kerber.

Australian Open: Andy Murray, Milos Raonic thunder into last four, Victoria Azarenka ousted

Australian Open: Andy Murray, Milos Raonic thunder into last four, Victoria Azarenka ousted

Kerber stunned two-time champion Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 7-5.