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Victoria Azarenka - Belarus
Scottsdale, AZ, USA
5' 10\ (1.80 m)"
132 lbs. (60 kg)
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Juice 100 BLX Tennis Racquet
NIKE Women`s Lunar Ballistec Tennis Shoes Atomic Orange
NIKE Women`s Advantage Printed Tennis Tank
NIKE Women`s Pleated Woven Tennis Skirt
WILSON Tour Blue/White 15 Pack Tennis Bag
On the Court
Turned pro at age 14 in 2003, losing two ITF matches. First real WTA event was qualifying rounds at Prague in May 2005. First main draw appearance came at Guangzhou in 2005 in which she won two rounds of qualifying, then charged to the tournament's semifinals, upsetting second seed Shuai Peng in the quarterfinals. In 2006, won three rounds of qualifiers to reach main draw of Australian Open, losing to Sania Miraz in straight sets in first round. At Memphis the following week as a wild car, upset No. 1 seed and 13th-ranked Nicole Vaidisova in the first round. Again battled through qualifying rounds and reached the third round at the Miami Masters, including a win over No. 27 Jelena Jankovic. Received a main draw wild card to the US Open and did not disappoint, upsetting No. 12 Anastasia Myskina in the first round and reaching the third round. Followed that with a semifinal appearance at Tashkent to end the season just outside the Top 100. Began 2007 by reaching the third round of the Australian Open, the third round of Indian Wells and the third round at Miami. Her first WTA final came at Estoril after she had upset second seed Francesca Schiavone and third seed Lucie Safarova, she fell to qualifier Greta Arn 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(3). Followed that with a semifinal appearance at Prague, then a third-round showing at Wimbledon to break into the Top 50 for the first time. Was even better at the US Open, shocking Martina Hingis 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 in the third round before falling to No.4 Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth. Reached the finals at Tashkent.
Reached the finals at Gold Coast to start off the 2008 season, climbing into the Top 30. Also reached the final at Prague, then fought to the semifinals at Berlin thanks to a come-from-behind 1-6, 7-6(1), 6-4 second-round victory over No. 7 Anna Chakvetadze that move her to No. 19. Reached the fourth round at Roland Garros before falling to Kuznetsova again. Played in the 2008 Summer Olympics in China and made the third round before losing to Venus Williams.
True breakthrough season came in 2009, which she started with her first tournament title, winning Brisbane over Marion Bartoli. Made it two titles in three tournaments when she won Memphis a month later, defeating top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the final. Was impressive at Indian Wells with a trip to the semifinals, then breathtaking at Miami, upsetting No. 8 Kuznetsova in the semifinals and thrashing No. 1 Venus Williams, 6-3, 6-1 for the 1,000 point victory. Rose to No. 8 in the world afterwards. Made her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the French Open, knocking off Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round before falling to No. 1 Dinara Safina 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Also made the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and climbed to No 6 in the world by year's end to make the Tour Championships for the first time, going 1-2 in round-robin play.
Started 2010 with another Grand Slam quarterfinal, losing to Serena Williams at the Australian Open. Was a finalist at Dubai, but was upset in the first round at Roland Garros to drop back to 15th in the world. Was a finalist at Eastbourne, then won Stanford, defeating Maria Sharapova in straight sets. Recorded her second title of the year at Moscow to rejoin the Top 10, and went 1-2 at the Tour Championships for a second straight year.
Won her first second Miami Masters early in 2011, defeating Kim Clijsters, Vera Zvonareva and Sharapova in order, then followed it up with a victory at Marabella to reach No. 5 in the world for the first time. At Wimbledon, enjoyed a bracket devastated by upsets to reach the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Petra Kvitova in three sets, and rose to No. 4 in the world. Won Luxembourg for her third title of the year, and made the finals of the Tour Championships, falling to Kvitova in three sets.
Ascended to No. 1 with the best year of her career in 2012, which started off with a win at Sydney, defeating three Top 10 players in a row. Followed that with her first Grand Slam final and title, defeating Sharapova to win the Australian Open and rising from third to first in the world. Eventually ran her season-opening streak to 26 wins in a row, taking the titles at Doha and Indian Wells before falling in the Miami quarters to Marion Bartoli. Made the Wimbledon semifinals, losing to Serena Williams, who also beat her in the Olympic semifinals. Williams would keep Azarenka from a second Slam in 2012, edging her in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 in the finals of the US Open, but Azarenka bounced back to win Beijing and Linz. Lost in the Tour Championships semifinals to Sharapova, but still ended the year ranked No. 1.
Grand Slam Singles Titles (2):
Australian Open 2012, 2013
Year-End Singles Rankings:
Off the Court
Is the daughter of Fedor and Alla and has a brother named Max. Is the first player from Belarus to be ranked in the Top 10, Top 5, No. 1 and to win a Grand Slam title. Is dating Redfoo (Stefan Gordy) from the band LMFAO.
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