World No. 51 Victoria Azarenka is looking forward to the 2019 WTA Tour. The Belarusian has put in a lot of hard work over the last couple of weeks and is eager to see how the season unfolds.
In an interview with the Stuff.co.nz, Azarenka got candid about the unpredictability of women’s tennis. She believes that while many players may battle with a lack of consistency and erratic form, they do have what it takes to put up a good game and go the distance.
This is definitely interesting, considering that last eight women’s Grand Slams have had eight different winners. On the other hand, all the men’s Grand Slams in the same period have been won by one of the big three – Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic.
Azarenka also said that she has worked quite hard over the last 10 weeks or so. The former World No. 1 has been battling with injuries and fighting for the custody of her son over the last couple of years. This has caused her form to go down on the tour, as evident from her rankings.
She hasn’t won a singles title since 2016 when she won the Miami Open for the third time in her career. Her time on the tour since then has been quite turbulent.
In 2018, she left the season shortly after playing in the WTA Tokyo. Her highlight of the season was the Miami Open, where she reached the semifinal before losing to Sloane Stephens.
Since then, she has had ample time to recover from injuries and take care of the legal issues surrounding her custody battle. While she isn’t in the competitive mindset yet, she is certainly keen on seeing where her efforts take her.
Azarenka is quite familiar with the territory around the land down under. She has won the Australian Open a couple of times. She has also won the WTA Brisbane twice and was a runner-up in the competition in 2016.
She is going to start her 2019 season in Auckland, where she will be playing in the ASB Classic. The field there is quite strong, with the likes of Caroline Wozniacki and Eugenie Bouchard also participating.