Victoria Azarenka

Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Career Overview

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka was born on July 31, 1989, in Minsk, Belarus, and is considered to be one of the globe’s premier female tennis players, having enjoyed a spell as the world Number 1. She has won two Grand Slam titles (both Australian Opens) and is a consistent performer in the other slams; Azarenka has reached the U.S. Open final twice and the semifinals of both Wimbledon and the French Open. She is an aggressive baseline player who is extremely mobile and seems to be effective on all surfaces.

Early Career

Azarenka began her career on the ITF tour in 2003 and won two junior Grand Slams (Australian Open and U.S. Open). By the end of 2005, she was the Number 1-ranked junior player and had also reached a semifinal in a senior event. In 2006, she competed in a couple of Grand Slam events and was ranked inside the top 100 by the end of the year.

In 2007, Azarenka defeated Martina Hingis in the U.S. Open and won the mixed doubles title at the same event with compatriot Max Miryni. Though she did not win an event in 2008, her consistency was enough to ensure she was ranked inside the top 25. Her big breakthrough came in 2009 when she won the Brisbane International; it was her first WTA career singles title. Azarenka followed that up with another WTA success at the Cellular South Cup in Tennessee and also reached the quarterfinal at Wimbledon.

Rise to Prominence

By the end of 2009, Azarenka was ranked Number 7 in the world, but she now had to show she belonged among the world’s elite. She proved as much in 2010 by consistently reaching the latter stages of tournaments, but she had yet to make a real impression in the Grand Slams. This changed in 2011 when she reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and went on to win several WTA events, edging ever closer to the top of the rankings.

2012 was to be an incredible year for Azarenka as she finally won a Grand Slam title by claiming the Australian Open. She also began the year with a 26-match winning streak. Marion Bartoli finally ended the run in the Sony Ericsson Open, but by then Azarenka was ranked Number 1 in the world. The London Olympics was another triumph, as she won a bronze medal in singles and a gold medal in the mixed doubles alongside her reliable partner Max Miryni. At the end of an exhausting but memorable 2012, Azarenka was still the world’s Number 1 player and had reached the U.S. Open final.

Continued Consistency

Azarenka successfully defended her Australian Open title in 2013 and enjoyed a 17-match winning run at the start of the season. However, injuries began to plague her, and she was forced to withdraw from several events in the middle of the season. Though she once again reached the U.S. Open final, Azarenka suffered another poor end to the season. While she had her almost typical excellent start to a season in 2014, a persistent foot injury forced her to withdraw from the French Open and other events.

Although Azarenka is now ranked Number 5, injuries are the main reason why she is not in the world’s top three. Once she manages to put these unfortunate circumstances behind her, it is likely she will return to the very top.

Victoria Azarenka Tennis News & Updates

2013 Sony Open Women’s Winners & Results

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Blog, Professional Players, Serena Williams, Sony Open, Victoria Azarenka, World Tennis Tournaments | 0 comments

2013 Sony Open Women’s Winners & Results

The 2013 version of the Sony Open Tennis tournament for women (also known as the Miami Masters) took place at the same time as the men’s event in Key Biscayne, Miami. It is classified as a Premier Mandatory event and this lofty status ensured that the world’s top female players were eager to get their hands on the huge winner’s check and benefit from the major ranking points on offer. Of the world’s top 32 players, only Samantha Stosur and Victoria Azarenka were missing from the tournament and both players withdrew due to injury. This shows...

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Review of the 2013 Dubai Tennis Championships

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Blog, Novak Djokovic, Professional Players, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, World Tennis Tournaments | 0 comments

Review of the 2013 Dubai Tennis Championships

The 2013 Dubai Tennis Championships was yet another example of the men’s ATP World Tour and women’s WTA Tour combining to great effect. It was the 21st edition of the men’s tournament and 13th edition of the women’s tournament. It is a major event on both male and female calendars with total prize money in excess of $2.4 million. With the level of prize money and ranking points on offer, it was no surprise to see 6 of the world’s top 10 ranked male players and 8 of the world’s top 10 ranked female players participating in the event that was...

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Top 3 Ranked Women Tennis Players 2013

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Blog, Professional Players, The Game of Tennis, Victoria Azarenka | 0 comments

Top 3 Ranked Women Tennis Players 2013

The world of sports has not always been a women’s place. There were time periods when women were not permitted to be involved in sporting events. It was not until 1887 that the Women’s National Singles Championship was first introduced to the world. This marked a changing point in the sport, as women athletes from around the world began to engage in the sport in hopes of making it to the top. Today, female athletes are praised for what they do, and they set an example for women and men all over the world. To date there are three top ranked...

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