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Dec 22nd, 2016 01:56 PM
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Dec 20th, 2016 11:02 AM
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Azarenka Gives Birth To Baby Boy

Former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka ends the 2016 season with a new addition to her family as she announces the birth of her first child.

Published December 20, 2016 12:14
News | WTA Tennis English

Not long after checking in with fans and friends on Tennis Channel, Victoria Azarenka announced the birth of her first child late on Monday night.

The former No.1 began the season winning three titles in Brisbane and the elusive Sunshine Double in Indian Wells and Miami, but left the tour back in July after announcing her pregnancy.
Azarenka took to social media to share her first picture as a mother on Twitter:

Today I had my hardest fight and my very best victory! Our son was born healthy and happy! So thankful and blessed! Thank you ����
— victoria azarenka @ vika7) December 20, 2016

Her colleagues and fellow players extended their hearty congratulations to the two-time Australian Open champion on Twitter, as well:

@ vika7 Congratulations on your new little family Vika! ��
— Laura Robson (@laurarobson5) December 20, 2016

@ vika7 ahhhh! So glad everybody's good!!! Congrats !!����������������
— Irina Falconi (@IrinaFalconi) December 20, 2016

@ vika7 congratulations, amazing News�� wish you all the best xx
— Belinda Bencic (@BelindaBencic) December 20, 2016

@ vika7 поздравляю вас!! ��
— Daria Gavrilova (@Daria_gav) December 20, 2016

@ vika7 congrats Vika!!
— rennae stubbs (@rennaestubbs) December 20, 2016
Dec 17th, 2016 04:58 PM
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When is her due date? I really miss her on the tour. She is a fierce competitor, the field desperately needs her.
Dec 9th, 2016 06:35 PM
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Azarenka Checks In With Tennis Channel

Former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka caught up with Tennis Channel ahead of giving birth to her first child, and updates fans on her life and plans to return to tennis.

Published December 09, 2016 12:15
News | WTA Tennis English

Victoria Azarenka was the story of 2016's first quarter. The two-time major champion and former World No.1 rocketed back up the rankings after several seasons of injuries and inconsistencies, winning three titles and becoming the first woman in over a decade to capture the elusive Indian Wells-Miami "Sunshine" Double.

By spring, however, the Belarusian was gone from the game, announcing that she would end her season due to a pregnancy. Azarenka has since been busy preparing for the birth of her first child, but nonetheless granted an interview with Tennis Channel to update fans on her life today.

"My pregnancy's been a completely different experience from anything I've done before," she says. "In theory, you know the process, but to actually go through it, you truly start to deeply understand the magic of it. It's been quite a ride, I have to say.

"Tennis is my career, but there's a different part of life. This was a blessing, a gift from God. I believe I still have a great opportunity to do what I love, as long as I love playing tennis. I do, and this is an opportunity to realize how much I love what I do."

Azarenka has dedicated her time off to her studies, but has still found time to exercise, playing tennis up to the last six weeks of her pregnancy.

"I'm doing a lot of activities I didn't have time to do before; being at home and sleeping in my own bed is really a luxury for a travelling athlete.

"I miss the fans. I miss that moment when you go on the court and it's a go time. As a competitor, I have to find that edge in life. I've been able to translate that into my studies for now, but that competitive edge is definitely something I'm missing."

Addressing the question of a comeback, she gave fans reason to be optimistic that she'll be back on the court sooner, rather than later.

"I don't feel I'm missing out on something I won't be able to do again. For me, it's about getting to where I want to be and be back there again. That's my ultimate goal.

"I don't put any time frame on myself. I would love to make it as soon as possible, but give myself a reasonable time to fully recover and be ready. I'm not going to rush anything, and it's hard to tell before the birth actually happens. So, we'll see, but I'm confident that I'll be able to play tennis again pretty soon."
Oct 11th, 2016 05:01 PM
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Tournamentdirectorenka itw: "Нравятся дети, которые играют с огоньком". Азаренко открыла национальный детский итоговый турнир ("I like kids who play with some fire")
Oct 6th, 2016 04:41 PM
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Don't mind the translation

Azarenka became the director of the children's national final tournament, which will take place in October,

from 11 to 14 October in Minsk will host a children's national final in tennis "Masters" Tournament. Director of the competition was the former top-ranked Victoria Azarenka, reports the Belarusian Tennis Federation.

It is expected that Victoria Azarenka will visit the opening ceremony of the tournament. It will be held October 11 at 8.45 am at the indoor courts of the Republican Center of Olympic preparation in tennis. Azarenka also intends to present the certificates to the winners and participants of the competition. They will be the boys and girls up to twelve and fourteen years of age.

In each category, perform eight athletes, leading to its ranking. The tournament will consist of three stages: preliminary (group) stage, semifinals and finals.

Tournament Program
11 October 8.45 - 9.00 - opening ceremony of the tournament; 9.00 - 17.00 - the game of the group stage,
October 12 9.00 - 17.00 - the game of the group stage; semifinals,
October 13 9.00 - 17.00 - semifinals, the match for 3-4 place;
. October 14 9.00 - 17.00 - finals, matches for the 3-4 places, the award ceremony for the completion of all matches

best young tennis players at the end of the start howl eligible for funding one two or three trips to tournaments (depending on the occupied space).

Recall that in July, Victoria Azarenka on his Facebook page he announced the pregnancy. Since then, the best Belarusian tennis player spends much time in Belarus. In the homeland of Victoria held a training camp for the children «Victory camp», and regularly goes to hockey. Earlier athlete stated that it intends to leave the country in October.

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Sep 18th, 2016 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Warrior View Post
When is the baby due?
At the end of this year.
Sep 18th, 2016 04:13 AM
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When is the baby due?
Sep 10th, 2016 08:22 PM
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New interview for Enjoy.

Victoria Azarenka watching, waiting and tweeting

A world away at her parents' house in Belarus, the woman who beat Kerber at the 2015 US Open will be watching. The 27-year-old Victoria Azarenka is a former No. 1 and a two-time US Open runner-up. She had won three titles this season and was 2-1 against Kerber.

That was before she found out she was pregnant.

"It was interesting. It's tough to describe that," Azarenka said of learning that she and her boyfriend would be parents by the end of the year. "I don't think you can ever prepare yourself for that. It was just great for me to have such a positive response from my friends and my family. That just made me very comfortable because obviously you feel scared no matter what. ...

"But at first, it's not just me as a person, it's me as a tennis player, as a businesswoman, so these [factors] were taken into consideration.

Since stepping away from the Tour in July, Azarenka has made a routine out of not having a daily routine.

Because one day she can feel drastically different than the next, she is changing up her workouts and only playing tennis occasionally. She was playing three times a week with a friend, but she toned that down at her doctor's urging. "I can't leave that competitiveness feeling out of me," she said.

"The last time we played it got a little too intense, so my doctor told me to relax. They said I need to slow down. It's just who I am to be like that, but I just need to do a better job at that now."

The two-time Australian Open champion, who was ranked No. 6 when she stepped away, will begin taking classes at UCLA in a few weeks, working toward a degree in business. Calling it something she has wanted to do for some time, Azarenka has five years to complete the flexible program geared to those who are already in the working world.

She even toyed with the idea of going to Flushing Meadows to watch the US Open in person, but decided to spend some time in Belarus with her American boyfriend instead.

"We're just doing a lot of regular daily activities," she said. "I'm still working out, but most of the time, it's just quality time with my family and working on some ideas off-court and getting into some other things that I don't normally have time to."

Despite the seven-hour time difference between Belarus and New York, Azarenka still has watched much of the US Open -- and shared her observations on Twitter.

Calling it an "educational" experience, Azarenka is relishing in the rare opportunity to be a spectator. Knowing she will one day be back competing, and that she isn't missing out on an opportunity she won't have again, has allowed her to enjoy watching as a fan.

"I'm obviously not as attached as I normally would be before, but I actually feel a lot more engaged," said Azarenka, who fell in love with Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2005 when she won the juniors title as a 16-year-old. "When you just play for yourself, you mostly focus on yourself, and you really don't get to watch many other matches. I never even look at the draw. This is probably the first time I've looked at the draw, both men's and women's, and tried to follow my friends and see what's happening.

"I've also been listening to a lot of commentary and some shows. When you play, you really just want to block out all that noise. It's been interesting to see this different dynamic."

I don't want to rush anything, but I want to absolutely make sure that when I do come back, I'm as determined as I was before.
Victoria Azarenka
Interesting, maybe, but one that she hopes doesn't last long. Azarenka plans to resume competitive training as soon as possible after the birth of her child and return to the Tour sometime next year.

"I hope I'll have enough time to be ready and feel good about playing in New York next year," she said.

Returning after pregnancy certainly won't be easy, but it's not unprecedented, either. Kim Clijsters came back to the sport in 2008, one year after the birth of her daughter. She went on to win two more US Open titles and one at the Australian Open. Azarenka hasn't had a chance to speak to the retired Belgian star, but hopes to in the near future.

Among the tips Clijsters could potentially share is the answer to a relatively simple, yet crucial, question: Where are the daycare facilities at the tournaments located? Azarenka doesn't know now, but she knows she's going to have to find them and get used to the reality of being a working mom traveling all over the globe.

She's certain there will be help along the way.

"Serena texted me to say she can't wait to meet my baby, so maybe she'll want to babysit once in a while," she said with a laugh.

While it is impossible to pinpoint exactly when she will return, she does know one thing. She will definitely be back and with just as much as fire and dedication as ever before.

"The beauty of tennis is, there's always next year. And, for that matter, there's always next week. I don't want to rush anything, but I want to absolutely make sure that when I do come back, I'm as determined as I was before."
2016 US Open -- Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka watches US Open from afar -

Interesting that she is planning to do a degree in Business. I hope it goes well for her and she can graduate in the future.
Aug 23rd, 2016 06:28 PM
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victoria azarenka ‏@vika7
I'm happy to announce we going to host a kids camp in my hometown Minsk!
Aug 23rd, 2016 08:20 AM
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Victoria Azarenka: Why watching the Rio Olympics has motivated me more than ever

Victoria Azarenka on Rio Olympic tennis, motherhood |

Two-time Olympic medalist Victoria Azarenka reflects on her experience watching the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Victoria Azarenka

Monday August 22nd, 2016

From the Players' Box is a series on which gives you a front row seat to all of the action in a professional tennis player's life—from training, to traveling and more—straight from a player's point of view. Each month, From the Players' Box with Victoria Azarenka will give the 26-year-old Belarusian a platform to discuss issues on Tour, practices, her life off of the court and more.

There is no feeling that compares to representing your country at the Olympics. Every victory for every athlete is great, but winning not just for yourself but also on behalf of your country is extremely special. Fed Cup is also similar to the Olympics—earlier this year Belarus made the World Group for the first time ever and it was a very honorable achievement for my country and me. I have been watching some of the Olympic events live and lots of highlights and post-event interviews with the athletes. It is such a privilege to be a part of the Olympics and watching Rio 2016 gave me flashback emotions and motivation to reflect my thoughts on what it was like to represent Belarus in the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games.

Competing for your country is so different and so emotional in comparison to competing for yourself, as we are so used to doing in tennis. There has been a lot of talk about the Olympics not being important to the sport of tennis because we have four Grand Slams in a calendar year, but I believe that the tennis event in Rio proved that this couldn’t be more inaccurate. Novak Djokovic, who has won all four Grand Slams and has a bronze medal, wasn’t afraid to show his tears of heartbreak as he exited the court after losing to Juan Martin del Potro. The tournament’s crowd favorite del Potro showed how important the Olympics was to him, after all of his injuries and struggles as he kissed the Olympic rings and played with pure grit, passion and determination. Rafael Nadal played through fitness concerns solely because it was the Olympic Games and admitted he would have been resting had it been any other week in the tennis calendar. Despite losing in singles and women’s doubles, Venus Williams stuck around for mixed doubles with the hope of still winning a medal to add to her collection. Venus stayed because it was important to her, and I know she will be glad that she stayed and became only the second tennis player ever win five Olympic medals. Andy Murray also made history by being the first player ever to win back-to-back Olympic Gold medals in singles. This came after being the flagbearer for Great Britain at the opening ceremony—an experience he described as “the proudest moment of my life.”

One of my favorite moments was Monica Puig taking home the gold medal for Puerto Rico in her first Olympic Games. Puig’s whole Olympic campaign was incredibly inspiring and she played every match with so much desire, it was great to watch. It is safe to say that Monica united a struggling country as they all watched her fairytale unfold, as she became the first ever Puerto Rican athlete to win an Olympic Gold medal and first female Puerto Rican athlete to win any medal of any color. The whole world fell in love with Puig and her story and she should be extremely proud of herself. Those that doubt that the Olympics isn’t important to tennis players should take a moment to reflect on the Rio 2016 Olympic tennis event and the passion of everyone who competed, because they made me proud to be part of the sport of tennis.

For me personally, no other tennis event compares to the Olympics. As a kid the Olympics is what you think about as the pinnacle of sport before you learn about the big events specific to your sport. Winning two Olympic medals is definitely one of the highlights of my career, especially because you only have the opportunity once every four years, which alone makes it so much more special. Winning a Grand Slam is the goal of a tennis player but winning an Olympic medal is the goal of a global athlete, so to be part of that elite group is an honor. As a child growing up the Olympics seems so big and when you are there it is hard to caption the moment because it’s so emotional. No one can fully describe the feelings and emotions that go through your head and body during the experience. You see how different everyone’s reactions are as they stand on the podium, because it’s not just about that day but about your personal journey. The medal ceremony becomes a moment of reflection as your national anthem plays and your country’s flag rises and you can’t help but burst with pride. As I reflect on London 2012, one of the hardest things I did was play for the bronze medal. Normally after you lose in a tournament your body lets go of all the tension and it’s hard to transform that tension into something you still have to fight for. Having to bounce back strongly from a loss in such a short period of time and prove that you have the right to stand on the podium and take home a medal for your country is a surreal, emotional rollercoaster.

The Olympic games are full of so many inspiring moments, even beyond tennis. Michael Phelps came back after what he describes himself as a difficult time, to arguably become one of the greatest Olympians of all time with 23 gold medals. In Rio alone, Phelps won five gold medals and one silver. The silver medal came from a defeat by young 21-year-old Joseph Schooling, who’s idol was Michael Phelps growing up. It is great to see the sporting world come full circle. Winning the 100-meter freestyle gold medal, Simone Manuel became the first African-American Swimmer to win Olympic gold. Manuel is a true reflection of the Olympics and also the power of sport to overcome difficulty, unite people and embrace diversity. Her story is very powerful. I also really enjoyed watching the beach volleyball tournament—I love Kerry Walsh-Jennings. Even though she didn’t win gold this year, I think she is a great role model.

As most of you probably know I am a huge basketball fan and watching the Olympic tournament is no exception. The USA is always so dominant but it’s fun to watch the other nations growing year by year. Australia is doing quite well and I think the sport is getting very big there now and its cool to see more of their players in the NBA now. It was also amazing to see Brazil win their first Olympic gold medal in soccer, a sport the country is so passionate about. So many great players have tried and couldn’t accomplish the achievement of winning gold and watching Neymar lead the Brazilian team through struggle after their heartbreaking World Cup loss in 2014 was remarkable. Finally, who doesn’t love watching the track and field events? Usain Bolt is undeniably the greatest of all time. He makes it looks so easy and is always so confident, but only he knows the blood sweat and tears that were put into those victories. He has great charisma and that makes every aspect of his races so much fun for his fans. I love that about him. Bolt has been the face of track and field for the past 12 years and has helped the sport so much—we are all lucky to have witnessed such a legend in action.

The Olympics are so unique. The Games ignite nations as they cheer on their best athletes across different sports, but at the same time the Olympics unite the world. Sport has not only the power to bring people together but also give individuals their own life purpose. For the first time this year I paid attention to how many athletes have come back after having children, to then go on to compete at the highest level in their sport. The most wonderful article I have seen during this time was filled with photographs of Olympic champions celebrating with their kids—motivation at its finest! The Rio 2016 Olympics were a phenomenal event and I had lots of fun watching it all unfold.
Jul 15th, 2016 06:52 PM
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Victoria Azarenka pregnant, says she plans to resume career
Victoria Azarenka pregnant, says she plans to resume career

Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka says she is pregnant and plans to resume her career after the baby is born. The 26-year-old Azarenka posted a letter on her Twitter account Friday saying that when she was recovering from the knee injury that kept her out of Wimbledon, she and her boyfriend learned they were expecting a child at the end of the year.

"We couldn't be happier and feel very blessed to begin this exciting journey of building a family together," she wrote. "I have been truly inspired by so many strong female athletes who return to the very top of their sport after having children," Azarenka added, "and I plan to do exactly that." Kim Clijsters did exactly that in recent years, coming out of retirement in 2009 after the birth of her daughter and going on to win three more major titles.

Currently ranked sixth, Azarenka had to retire from her first-round French Open match May 24 when she hurt the knee and hasn't played since. Azarenka, from Belarus, won the Australian Open in 2012 and '13 and lost the U.S. Open final to Serena Williams in three sets both years. But she has struggled with injuries in recent seasons. She made the announcement Friday just as the International Tennis Federation was about to release its list of players for next month's Olympics. Azarenka's name was on the roster even though she won't be competing in Rio.
Jul 15th, 2016 06:48 PM
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Victoria Azarenka: Pregnant world number six wants to return to the top

Victoria Azarenka: Pregnant world number six wants to return to the top - BBC Sport

Two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka has revealed she is pregnant.

The 26-year-old Belarusian said she planned to return to "the very top" of the sport after giving birth at the end of the year. Azarenka and her boyfriend learned she was pregnant while she was recovering from a knee injury.

"We couldn't be happier and feel very blessed to begin this exciting journey," said the world number six. "I have been truly inspired by so many strong female athletes who return to the very top of their sport after having children, and I plan to do exactly that."

Azarenka was Australian Open champion in 2012 and 2013 and a beaten US Open finalist in the same years. She has not played since retiring from a first-round match against Italian Karin Knapp at the French Open in May.
Jul 15th, 2016 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Triskadeka View Post
Who's the father, though?
Bill McKeague:

Kenna Colburn, Bill McKeague & Vika Azarenka.

Bill McKeague & Sascha Bajin
Jul 15th, 2016 06:26 PM
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^ She has a steady boyfriend and she always posts their photos on social media.
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