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Aug 23rd, 2016 05:28 PM
Re: News and updates about Victoria Azarenka

victoria azarenka ‏@vika7
I'm happy to announce we going to host a kids camp in my hometown Minsk!
Aug 23rd, 2016 07:20 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 05:52 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 05:48 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 05:44 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 05:26 PM
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^ She has a steady boyfriend and she always posts their photos on social media.
Jul 15th, 2016 04:22 PM
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Who's the father, though?
Jul 15th, 2016 04:02 PM
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Congratulations, Vika. I hope mother and baby are healthy and happy.

Jul 15th, 2016 03:23 PM
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Vika is going to be a mum

Jul 7th, 2016 07:38 AM
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ITF launches new Olympic book
How does it feel to win an Olympic medal? What do you experience when you stand on the podium, and how does that change as the years go by and you reflect on your medal’s place in your life? The answers to these questions and much more can be found in the ITF’s new Olympic book, My Life, My Medal, launched by the ITF today in anticipation of Rio 2016.

The book contains the memories of 118 players who have won medals in the Olympics and Paralympics, from those men and women who were part of tennis’s return to the Games at Seoul 1988 to the current athletes who excelled at London 2012. It stands as a comprehensive record of how important the Olympics have been, and continue to be, in those players’ lives.
ITF - 2016 ITF Olympic Book

Jun 30th, 2016 07:41 PM
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WTA Insider @ wta_insider

Full @OlympicsTennis List (Singles)
Jun 23rd, 2016 03:34 PM
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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
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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
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