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Victoria Azarenka slams BBC's John Inverdale for his coverage of mixed doubles match

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Andy Murray may not be playing in this year’s Wimbledon but his brother, Jamie, is through to the mixed doubles final.

Jamie Murray, alongside Victoria Azarenka, have reached Saturday’s final after beating young British wild-card duo of Harriet Dart and Jay Clarke in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

However, after watching the match back later on Friday, Azarenka was far from impressed with the coverage.

The Belarussian former world No 1 and two-time grand slam singles champion has slammed BBC’s John Inverdale for some of his comments during commentary calling him “comical” and “horrendous.”

On Friday night, Azarenka tweeted: “We are just rewatching our mixed doubles now... whoever is commentating this match is just comical and not in a good way…”

She then uploaded a video of her nodding sarcastically along with Inverdale saying: “Most convincing service she’s had in a long time”.

Azarenka was later asked about her tweet and she replied: “I think it was more irony in my tweet, I don’t think it is frustration, I think it is pretty amazing that there are people who are not so knowledgeable commentating on the tennis.

“I will leave you with what he said, ‘Azarenka’s second serve woof’!”

And when asked what Inverdale meant by his comments, Azarenka replied: “I have no idea. It was horrendous.”

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Of course, Inverdale is no stranger to controversy at Wimbledon.

In 2013, he criticised Marion Bartoli’s appearance prior to her Wimbledon title by suggesting that she not a “looker.”

But BBC defended him by saying: “‘Our presenters and commentators come with a wealth of experience and knowledge covering all aspects of the game at the very highest level.

“Thoughts on individual presenters and commentators are subjective and so it’s inevitable that our audience will prefer some over others.”

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