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Jun 23rd, 2016 03:34 PM
Re: News and updates about Victoria Azarenka

Thursday 23 June 2016 13:08 PM BST

Azarenka withdraws from The Championships
Azarenka withdraws from The Championships - The Championships, Wimbledon 2016 - Official Site by IBM
Sixth seed pulls out with knee injury

Two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Victoria Azarenka has been forced to withdraw from this year's Championships with a knee injury.

The 26-year-old suffered the injury during her first-round match at Roland Garros, where she retired while trailing 4-0 in the final set to Karin Knapp. Azarenka had been seeded sixth for The Championships, where she reached the semi-finals in 2011 and 2012. She lost to eventual champion Serena Williams in the quarter-finals last year.

The Belarusian world No.6 had been one of the form players during the first three months of the 2016 season, winning three WTA titles before April. She beat Angelique Kerber to win in Brisbane, got the better of world No.1 Williams to take the Indian Wells crown and was too good for Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Miami final a few days later. Those victories over Williams and Kuznetsova made her only the third woman in WTA history to win the so-called Indian Wells-Miami Sunshine Double.

Following the withdrawal, Championships Referee Andrew Jarrett released a revised ladies’ singles seeding list. Five-time champion Venus Williams moves from No.9 seed to No.8, Britain’s Johanna Konta is up one to No.16 while German Andrea Petkovic also benefits as she becomes the No.32 seed
Jun 23rd, 2016 02:38 PM
Re: News and updates about Victoria Azarenka

Azarenka Withdraws From Wimbledon

News | WTA Tennis English

No.6 seed Victoria Azarenka has been forced to pull out of the upcoming Wimbledon Championships due to a knee injury.

Published June 23, 2016 12:13

WIMBLEDON, Great Britain - On Thursday, Wimbledon announced that former No.1 Victoria Azarenka had withdrawn from the tournament due to a knee injury.

Azarenka would have been the No.6 seed, resulting in a reshuffling of the seeds, which sees five-time champion move up into the Top 8, hometown favorite Johanna Konta move up into the Top 16, and Andrea Petkovic round out the Top 32.

Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from #Wimbledon due to a knee injury. Get well soon, @vika7.
Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 23, 2016
Jun 20th, 2016 09:10 PM
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2017 Fed Cup draw decided

World Group newcomers Belarus will play Netherlands in a first best-of-five rubber contest between the two nations.
The teams last contested a Fed Cup tie in Europe/Africa Zone Group I, with the Dutch starting their fantastic run to the top flight.
Jun 15th, 2016 06:37 PM
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Coupe Rogers @CoupeRogers

Notre liste des joueuses pour la #CoupeRogers! /
The 2016 player list for Montreal! #GetCloser
Jun 10th, 2016 11:36 AM
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oh the sweet memories...
Jun 10th, 2016 08:00 AM
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Azarenka: 'I didn’t want silver, I wanted gold'
By Reid McGrory

Photo: Paul Zimmer - Victoria Azarenka (BLR) and Max Mirnyi (BLR)

For Victoria Azarenka, competing at the London 2012 Olympic Tennis Event was all about business. Belarus had never tasted success in Olympic Tennis and, as top seed in both the singles and mixed doubles events, Azarenka had her eye very much on the prize from the outset.

"I was really in the bubble," said Azarenka of her approach throughout London 2012. "I really went there with the mind set to win medals. It wasn't so much for me about the experience of the Olympics, there was an ultimate goal there."

Just under four years ago, Azarenka defeated Russia's Maria Kirilenko on the turf of the All England Club to win an Olympic bronze medal and become the first Belarusian athlete to take home a medal in Olympic tennis.

A day later she stood alongside partner Max Mirnyi in front of a boisterous British crowd, one point away from defeating singles gold medallist Andy Murray and his partner Laura Robson and on the cusp of trumping her landmark singles bronze with mixed doubles gold.

Moments later, after a snapshot Azarenka volley at the net, a bear hug from Mirnyi and an emotional climb up to the team box following a 26 63 10-8 victory, the Belarusians were Olympic champions. Those memories, and the pressures of going for gold for her country, still burn strong for Azarenka.

"There were a lot of mixed emotions because that week was so heavy in terms of pressure," she said. "And not just from myself! First of all because I had a partner [Mirnyi], who was very stressed.

"We had a lot of pressure from the country and the federation, not in a bad way but everyone wanted us to do so well. When we got to the final we were already guaranteed a medal but I didn't want silver, I wanted gold."

It was a second Olympic experience for Azarenka, having competed at Beijing 2008, but having won the first of her two Australian Open titles earlier in the year and secured the No. 1 ranking for the first time, Azarenka admits she felt she had much to prove in London.

"There were some expectations [from other people] but I really wanted to prove that yes, I'm able to [rise to them], because we never had any medals ever in the history [of Belarusian tennis]. That type of pressure was there and I really wanted to deliver," she said.

"For our country I think the gold medal was the most meaningful of my achievements," added Azarenka. "It has that much pride for my country."

This story features quotes taken from the ITF's new Olympic Book, set to be published in Summer 2016. This coffee-table publication features 118 Olympic and Paralympic tennis medallists reflecting on what their medal means to them, told through exclusive interviews and specially-commissioned photography.
Jun 3rd, 2016 09:47 PM
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Azarenka Forced Out Of Aegon Open Nottingham With Injury

Azarenka Forced Out Of Aegon Open Nottingham With Injury - Tennis TourTalk

NOTTINGHAM, June 3, 2016

Victoria Azarenka has confirmed on Friday that she has had to withdraw from the Aegon Open Nottingham because of injury.
Azarenka has spent the past two days at the Nottingham Tennis Centre practicing on grass ahead of the WTA International event, however, she has not been able to prove her fitness after retiring in the first round of the French Open.

Despite her withdrawal, a star-studded field remains in Nottingham with former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniaki and top British players, Johanna Konta, Heather Watson, Naomi Broady and Laura Robson, are all ready to begin their grass court campaigns.

On the announcement, the 26-year-old Belarussian said: “’I am very disappointed to have to withdraw from Nottingham. Although I came here a few days ago to prepare and start training, my knee is unfortunately not yet completely healed and ready to play at 100%. I had been very much looking forward to playing here in front of the fans in Nottingham at this great event. I have been made to feel so welcome by everyone here and the facilities, includig the grass courts, have been excellent, but hope to have a chance to come back next year instead.”

The Aegon Open Nottingham (WTA) Tournament Director, Rebecca James, said: “We are disappointed that Victoria has had to withdraw from the event however we remain very excited about the top quality tennis that is coming up this week. It is the nature of the sport that players pick up injuries, and we all wish Victoria a speedy recovery. We would love to welcome her back to Nottingham in the future. Preparations are all on track, and as Victoria said, the courts are in fantastic condition and I can’t wait for the tournament to get underway.”

The withdrawal follows America’s Madison Keys and 2015 finalist Monica Niculescu have also withdrawn due to injury.

The Aegon Open Nottingham will see two tournaments take place in June, with the women’s WTA event being staged from 4-12 June 2016. Both tournaments will be an integral part of the British grass-court season, which features 11 international grass-court tournaments in eight venues across the country.
May 25th, 2016 08:03 AM
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Knapp Outlasts Injured Azarenka

Karin Knapp bravely pushed past Victoria Azarenka, who was forced to retire from her first round match at the French Open.

Published May 24, 2016 12:14
News | WTA Tennis English

PARIS, France - Karin Knapp came full circle at Roland Garros on Tuesday, earning her first career Top 10 win over Victoria Azarenka a decade after defeating the former No.1 at this very tournament back in 2006, 6-3, 6-7(6), 4-0 ret.

Close to a double-break lead in the opening set, Azarenka struggled beneath Knapp's weight of shot for most of the match, losing five games in a row to fall behind a set to the Italian. Knapp had been dealing with a right knee issue for most of 2016, but it was the Belarusian who took a medical time out in the middle of the second set for that very issue.

Fighting through episodes of discomfort, Azarenka twice broke Knapp as she served for the match, and saved a match point in the ensuing tie-break with a screaming winner to push the contest into a deciding set.

Knapp raced out to a quick 4-0 lead from there as the pain became more apparent from Azarenka, who was forced to retire. By match's end, the Italian had hit 34 winners to 24 unforced errors, while the stats were essentially reversed for her injured opponent (23 winners, 36 unforced).

"Heading into the match today I was feeling fine. I was ready to play," Azarenka said in a statement after the match. "But I started to feel a sharp pain in my right knee. I've had an injury there before, a while ago, but it hasn't been a problem until today. At first it was on and off and I was able to win the tie-break, but then it got worse as the match went on, and unfortunately there was nothing i could do.

"I haven't made any plans yet for the days ahead, but will have treatment and can only look forward to playing Roland Garros next year."

Up next for Knapp is Anastasija Sevastova, who eased past American qualifier Sachia Vickery, 6-2, 6-2. No.28 seed Andrea Petkovic also advanced into the second round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Laura Robson, who was playing her first major tournament of the season.

Contrainte ŕ l'abandon, Victoria Azarenka s'incline contre Karin Knapp 3-6 7-6 0-4(ab) #RG16
May 23rd, 2016 01:45 PM
joshum From the SI player box

Over the course of my 10-year professional tennis career, I must have played in about 200 tournaments and visited hundreds of cities around the world. This week I find myself in Paris, the site of the second Grand Slam of the year, Roland Garros. Paris sits at the top of the list of my favorite cities and every time I come here, I get that special feeling. I can’t really describe it. It’s just that feeling of being in a place where every building is filled with history and every cobblestone tells a story. The architecture takes your breath away and you can feel this city’s soul on every street corner.


Azarenka: Reflecting on the first months of the 2016 season by Victoria Azarenka
France was one of the first countries I visited as a young tennis player. The first time I played a tournament here, I must have been nine. It took place at a small city in France and I remember it was a clay court event not far from Paris. I was so excited—I counted the sleeps till I could get on the court and play.
My next memory is playing in the super prestigious Les Petits As event in Tarbes, France. The best under-14 kids compete there and it was an amazing experience. I was a very competitive junior to say the least, but mostly it’s because I played one year below my age group so the kids I was competing against were usually bigger and stronger than me. I remember playing a very talented Swiss girl named Timea Bacsinszky in Tarbes, who beat me. She was very good then and went on to become a great tennis player.

Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
I was 14 the first time I played at Roland Garros. I remember walking the grounds and being in awe of this historic Grand Slam. That year I was a part of the ITF’s team of juniors. We had eight girls and 10 boys on the team, and four coaches that took care of us, and the whole group travelled together for two months across Europe. My first junior Roland Garros experience didn’t go too well—I lost to Shahar Peeer in the third round.
The next year, at 15, I was already the No. 1 junior and won the junior Australian Open that year. In Paris, I lost in singles to Alisa Kleybanova, yet won the doubles title with Agnes Szavay. That was the last time I played juniors.

Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
At 16, I played my first Roland Garros as a pro. I entered qualifying and had to win three matches in order to get into the main draw, which I did. In the first round I played a Spanish girl named Anabel Medina Garrigues on Court 3. I remember being up 6–0, 3–1 but the match kept going and going and going and before I knew it, I ended up losing the battle 9–7 in the third set. It was a major heartbreak—it definitely seemed like the end of the world that day. I broke into the WTA Top 100 that year.

The 2016 edition marks my 12th year at Roland Garros as I missed 2014 with a foot injury. I was pretty devastated to not being able to play that year. It was so tough I couldn’t even watch the event; just tried to pretend that it wasn’t happening.


2016 French Open preview roundtable: Predictions, dark horses by SI Staff
I took a lot of time off from tennis during the 2014 season and tried to do things I’ve never done before. I came to Paris for the first time outside of Roland Garros in the fall and stayed for almost a month. I wanted to challenge myself by being in a place where I wasn’t very comfortable. While I’ve been to Paris every year for more than a decade, I didn’t know the city too well. When you are playing tennis, you don’t get a chance to explore the city or go to museums, it’s mostly all about the tennis site and the hotel. Being in Paris on my free time turned into a life-changing experience. It was unnerving at times because I had to figure out my own way and navigate through the culture and the language. I rented a place near the Opera and wandered the beautiful streets. I took the time to enjoy coffee breaks, meet new people and study architecture. I tried to immerse myself fully in the French culture and as I learned more, I began to understand the French people better.
Through the years I’ve become a big fan of football and while spending time in France, I started going to Le Parc des Princes and supporting Paris St. Germain. The team has been doing so well over the last few seasons and has brought so much excitement to Paris. I definitely have a better connection with Parisians because of PSG and its crazy passion for football.

Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images
As hard as it was being absent during the 2014 Roland Garros, sometimes being away from the tour can be quite therapeutic. I remember my match against Serena in Paris last year. I was still coming back from the foot problem and wasn’t fully ready, but it was an amazing match and I remember it clearly. I look back on that match and it makes me want to perform well in Paris in front of these amazing crowds that much more.

I’ve been asked quite a bit about my goal for this tournament. Of course, I go into every single event wanting to win it. But in addition to that, I want to appreciate the process and remember the reason why I am playing tennis in the first place. How am I different today from the girl who played qualies here 10 years ago? Clay can be quite tricky so it’s important that I learn something new about this surface every day and incorporate that knowledge in my matches. I want to enjoy the journey each and every day. The practices, the grueling fitness work—it all makes the results so much more rewarding.

After being away from the sport for almost a full season, you try to work so hard to prove people wrong, to prove that you are still a champion. Sometimes focusing so much on proving others wrong makes you forget why you play tennis in the first place. The love for the sport is what brought me to Paris in the first place more than 16 years ago. And all these years later, my passion hasn’t changed. I am as excited for this Roland Garros journey as I was when I was nine-years-old and starting my first clay court match in France.
May 12th, 2016 05:34 AM
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sounds pretty frustrated. i think she was too frustrated to play Begu, if she wasn't as emotional she still might find a way even with the comprised back. but she never play her best tennis when she doesn't feel 100%.

she has about 10 days. let's see.
May 11th, 2016 06:22 PM
Queen Victoria
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This sounds horrible...
May 11th, 2016 03:10 PM
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Azarenka first big casualty of Rome
Azarenka first big casualty of Rome | Internazionali BNL d'Italia
di Ian Baker 11 May 2016

Victoria Azarenka was distraught after becoming the first big name to exit the Italian Open this year. The fourth seed was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania and was almost lost for words afterwards.

She was hampered by a continued back problem and is unsure what that may mean for her French Open prospects.

“I was trying but it didn’t work,” said the Belarusian. “The back’s not good right now. We’ll see what happens. I don’t know what to tell you. I’m very disappointed obviously with that. I thought I was okay and was ready to play and came back, so I’m just disappointed.

“Right now I have not much of things to say, to be honest with you guys. We’ll see what happens. I’m not going to think about future.

“I’m sorry. I just can’t look at the big picture right now. I’m sorry. I have to be here, guys, but I don’t want to be here answering these questions because right now I’m disappointed of what happened today. That’s what it is.

“It’s just unfortunate that I can’t play my best tennis. She’s a good player. Obviously the clay court suits her really well. The conditions work well for her.”

While Azarenka suffered disappointment, it was a straightforward passage to the third round for third seed Garbine Muguruza who beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-1 6-0 in just 47 minutes.
May 10th, 2016 07:40 AM
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News | WTA Tennis English

USANA & The WTA's Madrid Aces

Every time a WTA player hits an ace, they raise money for an amazing cause - and it's doubled for USANA Ambassadors. Which ambassador hit the most in Madrid?

Published May 09, 2016 12:11

The 2016 Aces For Humanity campaign was launched by USANA and the WTA at the BNP Paribas Open and continued in Madrid at the Mutua Madrid Open, where every ace hit by a WTA player at Premier-level events translates into a donation to the USANA True Health Foundation, whose mission is to provide the most critical human necessities to those who are suffering or in need around the world. For every ace hit by any player the WTA donates $5, and for every ace hit by a USANA Brand Ambassador, it's $10.

USANA Brand Ambassadors Eugenie Bouchard, Samantha Stosur, Kristina Mladenovic, Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens, Monica Puig, and Zheng Saisai (Zheng Saisai and Caroline Wozniacki did not play in Madrid's main draw) hit 21 of the 243 aces in the Caja Magica - raising a grand total of $1,320 throughout the week. Stosur hit the most with seven aces.

May 5th, 2016 05:23 AM
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Yeah she seemed so uninterested in the pre tournie pics. Poor gurl was sick
May 5th, 2016 04:26 AM
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that's why she looked a bit tired and not came to madrid early as she was sick the week before as well.
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