Showing posts with label Victoria Azarenka. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Victoria Azarenka. Show all posts

Friday, March 30, 2018

Stephens rallies for spot in Miami Open final

Stephens rallies for spot in Miami Open final
Stephens rallies for spot in Miami Open final

Sloane Stephens beat Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals at the Miami Open.

Stephens' opponent in Saturday's final will be Jelena Ostapenko, who beat Danielle Collins 7-6 (1), 6-3 in the other semifinal Thursday.

"In the first set, I was down but came back and I battled really well,'' said Stephens, who is looking to improve to 6-0 in finals. ''So I knew if I did that in the second I'd be right in there. I ended up winning a lot of games in a row, and just tried to keep the momentum going.''

Stephens dropped the first three games against Azarenka, needing only 11 minutes to get into trouble. She then won 15 of the final 21 games.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Video: Azarenka vs. Watson Indian Wells Highlights

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Video: Victoria Azarenka vs. Heather Watson Indian Wells Highlights

Victoria Azarenka kicked off her 2018 BNP Paribas Open campaign with a convincing straight sets win over Heather Watson.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Azarenka beats Watson in Indian wells 2018

Azarenka beats Watson in Indian wells 2018

Victoria Azarenka made a winning comeback after eight months out of action, beating Heather Watson 6-4 6-2 in her opening match at Indian Wells.

A commanding display in the first set saw Azarenka race to a 5-1 lead but Watson fought back to make it 5-4 before the Belarusian regained control to clinch the set.

The second set was more competitive with Azarenka taking a 4-2 lead before being pushed in a 12-deuce game between the duo but the 28-year-old held on to make it 5-2 and charge to victory.

"It was tough, especially in moments that I have been out of the game...," Vika said after the match. "It's a pretty good start. I had my heart out playing here and that's the most important."

Azarenka will next play Sloane Stephens.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Azarenka withdraws from Australian Open

Azarenka withdraws from Australian Open
Azarenka withdraws from Australian Open

Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Australian Open, with her wild-card entry reallocated to Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia.

Open organizers announced Azarenka's withdrawal in a social media post on Monday, a week before the tournament begins.

"It's unfortunate that (Azarenka) is unable to travel to Australia," organizers posted on Twitter, quoting tournament director Craig Tiley. The Australian Open, "is her favorite tournament and she's looking forward to returning to Melbourne next year."

Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, has been involved in a custody dispute involving her son Leo, who was born in 2016.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Azarenka gets Australian Open wildcard amidst custody battle

Azarenka gets Aussie Open wildcard amidst custody battle

Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka, who has been locked in a custody battle over her baby son, was Wednesday handed a wildcard into January's Australian Open.

Tournament director Craig Tiley said every assistance would be provided to the former Belarus world number one so she can compete at the Melbourne event where she has achieved her greatest success.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Azarenka to miss Fed Cup final over custody battle

Azarenka to miss Fed Cup final over custody battle

Victoria Azarenka will miss this week's Fed Cup final in Minsk against the United States due to an ongoing custody battle with her baby son's father, the former world number one said on Tuesday.

Azarenka said she was unwilling to leave her son behind in California, where she has a home and where her child was born and must stay until his future is decided.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Azarenka withdraws from 2017 US Open

Azarenka withdraws from 2017 US Open

Victoria Azarenka pulled out from the US Open for the second year in a row, the result of an ongoing personal matter.

Azarenka announced her pregnancy in July 2016, sitting out the rest of the year and giving birth to her son Leo, in December.

The former world number 1 fell to Serena Williams in the US Open final in 2012 and 2013, both in three sets.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Azarenka admits she might skip US Open

Azarenka admits she might skip US Open

Victoria Azarenka says her participation in the U.S. Open is in doubt because she might not be able to bring her son with her to New York as a result of her separation from the baby's father.

Azarenka returned to action in June, after the birth of her son Leo last December, and reached the last 16 at the Mallorca Open in June and Wimbledon in July during her comeback.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Azarenka withdrew from WTA Cincinnati

Azarenka withdrew from WTA Cincinnati

Victoria Azarenka awithdrew on Friday from the 2017 WTA Cincinnati hardcourt event.

Azarenka could miss the US Open because of a custody battle over eight-month-old son Leo following a split last month with the boy's father, Billy McKeague.

Azarenka in custody battle with ex-boyfriend, could miss upcoming US Open

Azarenka in custody battle with ex-boyfriend, could miss upcoming US Open

Victoria Azarenka is thought to be in danger of missing the upcoming US Open because she is busy fighting a custody battle with Billy McKeague, her ex-boyfriend and the father of her eight-month-old son.

Azarenka’s son Leo was born in December and accompanied her to Wimbledon, her second tournament after a 12-month absence from the tour, where she called for the scheduling of matches to be more sympathetic to parents with young children.

McKeague was also present in London and Azarenka said: “I have a nanny but she is not here at the moment, so obviously my boyfriend has been helping out. He loves being a dad and spending time with Leo. It’s fun.”

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Video: Simona Halep v Victoria Azarenka Wimbledon 2017 fourth round highlights

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Video: Victoria Azarenka Wimbledon 2017 fourth round press conference

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Video: Victoria Azarenka Wimbledon 2017 fourth round press conference

Victoria Azarenka reflects on her run to the fourth round of Wimbledon 2017.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Halep dashes new mum Azarenka's comeback dreams

Halep dashes new mum Azarenka's comeback dreams

Simona Halep defeated Victoria Azarenka 7-6 6-2 in the fourth round of Wimbledon.

Azarenka, playing in her second tournament after the birth of her son Leo in December, out-hit and out-thought the second-seeded Romanian for much of a pulsating first set, mixing deep groundstrokes with frequent dropshots and forays to the net.

But Halep began to flag in the first-set tiebreak, losing it 7-3 before conceding the next five games.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Video: Victoria Azarenka Wimbledon 2017 third round press conference

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Victoria Azarenka speaks about her Wimbledon third round win over Heather Watson.


Video: Watson gets revenge over Azarenka in mixed doubles Wimbledon 2017

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Video: Watson gets revenge over Azarenka in mixed doubles Wimbledon 2017

Video: Azarenka v Watson Wimbledon 2017 third round highlights

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Video: Victoria Azarenka v Heather Watson Wimbledon 2017 third round highlights

Friday, July 7, 2017

Azarenka beats Watson at Wimbledon

Azarenka beats Watson at Wimbledon

Victoria Azarenka defeated Heather Watson 3-6 6-1 6-4 in the third round of Wimbledon.

When Azarenka broke for 4-3 in the deciding set, following an 11-minute game which featured six deuces and five game points for her opponent, Watson's slumped body language seemed to suggest it was game over and her spirit was broken.

Yet at 30-30 in the next game, Watson suddenly stopped the action mid point, drawing gasps from the 15,000-strong crowd as she held her left arm aloft to challenge Hawkeye on the landing spot of an Azarenka groundstroke around the dusty, threadbare baseline.

With both players looking nervously at the giant screen on court, the hollering cheers that greeted Hawkeye's verdict left no doubt which way the call had gone - and that too by a whisker.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Video: Azarenka Wimbledon 2017 second round press conference

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Video: Ball girl feeds to Victoria Azarenka Wimbledon 2017

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Video: Ball girl feeds to Victoria Azarenka Wimbledon 2017

Azarenka marches on at Wimbledon

Azarenka marches on at Wimbledon

Victoria Azarenka knocked outElena Vesnina 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the third round at Wimbledon.

The Belarusian could become the first mother to win the Wimbledon singles since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980.

"Travelling is a little stressful for me, travelling with a baby. I want to make sure that everything is okay. But overall, it's just great. It's really fun that I'm able to go home and spend time with my son," she said.