Victoria Azarenka

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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.

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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 just how important the Sony Open Tennis tournament is. Singles Last year’s champion, Agnieszka Radwanska, was seeded #4 while Serena Williams was seeded #1 and eager to prove that she deserved her rating as the world’s best player. Despite the amazing level of talent on display, the tournament went more or less as expected with 3 of the top 4 seeds making the semi-final. The only absentee was #2 Azarenka who, as we already mentioned, missed out due to injury. #22 seed Jelena Jankovic was the big surprise as she fought her way to the semi-final only to be downed 6-2, 6-1 by last year’s runner-up, #3 seed Maria Sharapova. Aside from a tough 4th round encounter with Dominika Cibulkova, Serena Williams was making a statement as she crushed the opposition including a memorable 6-0, 6-3 win over Radwanska in the semi-final. After losing 4-6 in the first set in the final, Williams came storming back and saw out the match in fine style winning 6-3, 6-0 against her bewildered opponent and taking home $724,000. Doubles Nadia Petrova won the 2012 event with Maria Kirilenko but teamed up with Katarina Srebotnik this time around. There was the potential for a huge surprise as two wildcard pairings made the semi-final and one of them, Laura Robson and Lisa Raymond shocked everyone by making the final after hammering #1 seeds Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani 6-1, 6-2 in the semis. Unfortunately, they didn’t have enough left in the tank as they succumbed to Petrova and Kirilenko 6-1, 7-6. Clearly, Petrova enjoys the Key Biscayne court and should be marked down as a threat for any future hard court doubles tournament. While it was close but no cigar yet again for Maria Sharapova at the Sony Open, it was yet another demonstration of power tennis from Serena Williams. After enduring a rocky spell some time back, she has roared into the #1 spot and is now the queen of the women’s tennis circuit once again. Image license: Creative Commons (view...

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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 held from 18-23 February for women and 25 February to 2 March for the men. Men’s Singles & Doubles The world’s top two players, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, were in Dubai and it was hoped that the duo would meet in the final. As it happened, world #6 Tomas Berdych had other ideas and defeated Federer in the semi-finals. However, he was powerless to stop Djokovic proving that he is the world’s best player as he won the final 7-5, 6-3. In fact, he didn’t drop a set as he scooped the huge first prize of almost $430,000. Unseeded Michael Llodra and Mahesh Bhupathi won the doubles event by beating #3 seeds Nenad Zimonjic and Robert Lindstedt 7-6, 7-6 in the final. The duo were taken to the final set in 3 of their 4 matches but showed enough grit and skill to pull through. Women’s Singles & Doubles Only the #3 and #5 ranked women were missing from the world’s top 10 though world number 1 Victoria Azarenka pulled out due to an injury to her right foot. World number 2 Serena Williams was also to withdraw and this left the tournament wide open. It was #6 seed Petra Kvitova who took her chance with a fine 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 victory over Sara Errani in the final. Kvitova had won her previous four matches without dropping a set and won over $440,000. Unseeded Sania Marza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands upset the form book by winning the doubles event as they beat #2 seeds Katarina Srebotnik and Nadia Petrova 6-4, 2-6, 10-7 in a fantastic final. They had managed to win their previous three matches in straight sets. This hard court event continues to draw global attention and the lure of the massive prize money and valuable ranking points continues to attract the world’s very best players. The result is a carnival of tennis that provides Dubai with yet more worldwide exposure. Image license: Creative Commons (view...

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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 female tennis players whose training and perseverance have brought them to the top. These women continue to inspire the world, one match at a time. Click to view current WTA women’s tennis rankings #1 Victoria Azarenka The nickname “Vika” may sound familiar for this female tennis player, as her intense court disposition has made her exceedingly popular. Victoria Azarenka is no stranger to the world, as her matches are characterized by her loud grunting sounds and intense strokes. In 2007 she won the U.S. Open and would go on to win against Maria Sharapova in 2012 in the Australian Open Final. Not only has she nailed down ten career titles since turning professional in 2003 she is also a record setter. The 23 year-old’s aggressive behavior and prestigious talent has led her to be the first Belarusian to rank number three in the standings. View Victoria Azarenka’s official website Victoria Azarenka Video: 2012 Highlight Reel   #2 Serena Williams Four Olympic gold medals, fifteen Grand Slam Singles and thirteen Grand Slam Doubles do not come easy. It comes as no surprise that Serena Williams began her training at only three years old. She was definitely a tennis prodigy in the making as her father schooled her with long training sessions from a young age. The Michigan native turned professional in 1995 and made her way up the rankings in the following years. After going through a number of rough patches during 2009 through 2011, she ended up landing her fifth singles title at the Wimbledon match verses Agnieszka Radwanska in 2012. In addition, she won two of her gold metals at the summer Olympic games singles and doubles matches. At age 31 she has been in the game for 28 years and her talent and accomplishments certainly reinforce this. View Serena William’s official website Serena Williams Video: Williams vs Stosur Miami 2012   #3 Maria Sharapova As Maria Sharapova began training in Florida at age seven at a tennis academy, she was not yet aware that she would grow to become one of the world’s most popular and highly paid female athletes. Born in Siberia, Russia, Sharapova is the holder of 25 titles, beginning her winning streak at age seventeen at the Wimbledon final. Eventually she went on to win her third Australian Open title in 2008, and from here she beat Victoria Azarenka in April of 2012 and grasped her twenty-fifth title. View Maria Sharapova’s official website   Maria Sharapova Video: Sharapova vs Kvitova Australian Open 2012   Image licenses: Victoria Azarenka – Creative Commons (view source) Serena Williams – Creative Commons (view source) Maria Sharapova – Creative Commons (view...

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