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Azarenka still happy after losing 1st comeback match in 3 sets on Eastbourne grass

  • Victoria Azarenka from Belarus returns to Italy's Camila Giorgi  during the Aegon International at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne. England  Tuesday June 17, 2014. Giorgi won the match (AP Photo/John Walton/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    Victoria Azarenka from Belarus returns to Italy's Camila Giorgi during the Aegon International at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne. England Tuesday June 17, 2014. Giorgi won the match (AP Photo/John Walton/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Italy's Camila Giorgi  returns to Victoria Azarenka from Belarus  during the Aegon International at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne. England  Tuesday June 17, 2014. Giorgi won the match (AP Photo/John Walton/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    Italy's Camila Giorgi returns to Victoria Azarenka from Belarus during the Aegon International at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne. England Tuesday June 17, 2014. Giorgi won the match (AP Photo/John Walton/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

Victoria Azarenka was reasonably satisfied after losing her first match in more than three months, a three-setter in the first round of the Aegon Championships on Tuesday.

Azarenka, the former No. 1 recovered from a left foot injury, lost 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 to Camila Giorgi of Italy after 2 hours, 46 minutes.

"That's exactly what I wanted," Azarenka said. "I wanted to have a competitive match. I wanted to test myself, to play for a long time, see how my body is going to react.

"I'm pretty pleased with what happened. Obviously the result is the result, but that's a beginning. It's a starting point. There are a lot of positive things that I can take from what happened today."