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Victoria Azarenka of Belarus(AP)

Azarenka skips Stuttgart event to get Covid-19 vaccine

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2021 10:03 AM IST
"I will unfortunately not be able to compete in Stuttgart ... next week as I will be receiving my first dosis (sic) of the vaccine at the same time," the Belarusian world No. 15 said on Twitter.
Mar 29, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Ashleigh Barty of Australia reacts after winning the first set against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (not pictured) in the fourth round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports(USA TODAY Sports)
Mar 29, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Ashleigh Barty of Australia reacts after winning the first set against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (not pictured) in the fourth round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports(USA TODAY Sports)

Barty goes distance, tops Azarenka to reach Miami quarters

AP | , Miami
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2021 10:59 PM IST
It was Barty’s ninth consecutive win at the Miami Open — going back to her 2019 title march as the No. 12 seed.
 Belarus' Victoria Azarenka(REUTERS)
Belarus' Victoria Azarenka(REUTERS)

Injured Azarenka withdraws from Qatar Open semis, Muguruza into final

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 11:26 PM IST
"Unfortunately, the pain in my back I experienced during yesterday's match has not gone away enough in order for me to be able to compete," Azarenka said in a statement.
Belarus' Victoria Azarenka during her first-round match against Jessica Pegula of the US(REUTERS)
Belarus' Victoria Azarenka during her first-round match against Jessica Pegula of the US(REUTERS)

Victoria Azarenka knocked out of Australian Open, says quarantine took a toll

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 12:00 PM IST
Azarenka, who won both her Grand Slam titles at Melbourne Park in 2012 and 2013, said the isolation had taken a toll.
Spain's Rafael Nadal, center, arrives at Adelaide Airport ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship, Adelaide, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Arriving players will serve a 14-day quarantine period ahead of the first Grand slam tennis tournament that is set to get underway on February 8 in Melbourne. (Morgan Sette/AAP Image via AP)(AP)
Spain's Rafael Nadal, center, arrives at Adelaide Airport ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship, Adelaide, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Arriving players will serve a 14-day quarantine period ahead of the first Grand slam tennis tournament that is set to get underway on February 8 in Melbourne. (Morgan Sette/AAP Image via AP)(AP)

Players arrive for Australian Open; straight into quarantine

AP |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 01:53 PM IST
The first of about 1,200 players, coaches, entourage and officials landed late Thursday. The players were met by airport staff and biosecurity officials wearing personal protective equipment including masks and face shields, before being taken to hotel quarantine.
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reacts after missing a shot against Slovakia's Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.(AP)
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reacts after missing a shot against Slovakia's Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.(AP)

Azarenka thrashed by Schmeidlova at French Open

Paris | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 08:19 PM IST
Azarenka’s defeat continued an exodus of leading seeds with Johanna Konta (9), Madison Keys (12),last year’s runner-up Marketa Vondrousova (15) and another former world number one Angelique Kerber (18) having already been beaten while sixth seed Serena Williams withdrew on Wednesday with an Achilles injury.
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - September 27, 2020. Romania's Simona Halep celebrates after winning her first round match against Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo REUTERS/Charles Platiau(REUTERS)
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - September 27, 2020. Romania's Simona Halep celebrates after winning her first round match against Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo REUTERS/Charles Platiau(REUTERS)

Former champion Simona Halep reaches French Open 2nd round, Goffin out

PARIS | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 07:46 PM IST
Wearing thick black leggings and a long-sleeved pink jersey to combat the chilly conditions on Court Philippe Chatrier, the 2018 champion made a series of unforced errors and trailed 4-2.
Simona Halep plays a forehand.(Getty Images)
Simona Halep plays a forehand.(Getty Images)

Halep through in Rome despite sluggish start, Pliskova, Azarenka advance

Rome | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 12:33 PM IST
Halep has just lost twice this year but found herself a break down in both sets before she recovered to seal her first victory since winning the Prague Open a month ago.
Naomi Osaka kisses the U.S Open Trophy(Getty Images)
Naomi Osaka kisses the U.S Open Trophy(Getty Images)

Osaka climbs to No.3, Azarenka returns to top 15 in rankings

By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 10:07 PM IST
Osaka climbed six spots to third in the latest WTA rankings, while Azarenka’s career revival gathered traction as she returned to the top-15.
Naomi Osaka of Japan kisses the U.S. Open trophy in celebration after winning her Women’s Singles final match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.(Getty Images)
Naomi Osaka of Japan kisses the U.S. Open trophy in celebration after winning her Women’s Singles final match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.(Getty Images)

Naomi Osaka finds calm with second US Open title

Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 10:38 PM IST
Unlike the drama around her maiden Grand Slam in 2018, the Japanese player coolly rallies from a set down to beat Azarenka for a second victory
Victoria Azarenka celebrates after match point against Elise Mertens of Belgium.(USA TODAY Sports)
Victoria Azarenka celebrates after match point against Elise Mertens of Belgium.(USA TODAY Sports)

Capping career comeback, Azarenka not disappointed as U.S. Open runner-up

New York | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 08:26 AM IST
“I’m not necessarily disappointed. It’s just painful. It’s painful to lose. That is what it is,” the twice Australian Open champion said. “Am I going to think about it too long? Not at all. I’m not going to sit here and be miserable.”
Naomi Osaka celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.(USA TODAY Sports)
Naomi Osaka celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.(USA TODAY Sports)

Naomi Osaka comes back, beats Azarenka for 2nd US Open title

NEW YORK | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 08:05 AM IST
In response to another wayward forehand against Victoria Azarenka seconds later, Osaka chucked her racket. It spun a bit and rattled against the court.
Naomi Osaka of Japan hits the ball against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the women's singles final match.(USA TODAY Sports)
Naomi Osaka of Japan hits the ball against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the women's singles final match.(USA TODAY Sports)

Naomi Osaka wins second US Open title after comeback win over Victoria Azarenka

Associated Press | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 04:04 AM IST
Surprisingly off-kilter in the early going Saturday, Osaka kept missing shots and digging herself a deficit. Until, suddenly, she lifted her game, and Azarenka couldn’t sustain her start. By the end, Osaka pulled away to a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 comeback victory for her second U.S. Open championship and third Grand Slam title overall.
Serena Williams, of the United States, reacts during a semifinal match of the US Open tennis championships against Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in New York.(AP)
Serena Williams, of the United States, reacts during a semifinal match of the US Open tennis championships against Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in New York.(AP)

Serena Williams withdraws from Rome with Achilles injury

Rome | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 08:09 PM IST
Williams took a medical timeout for a tape job on her Achilles during her three-set loss on Thursday. The Italian Open, which was rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, begins Monday.
Victoria Azarenka seeks her third singles Grand Slam title.(Getty Images)
Victoria Azarenka seeks her third singles Grand Slam title.(Getty Images)

Victoria Azarenka an image of grit in trouncing Serena Williams

Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 10:30 AM IST
Azarenka was at the peak of her prowess when injuries and a long-drawn custody battle over her son Leo, who was born in 2016, derailed her tennis career, but even in all that turmoil, she found a way to keep herself grounded.
Victoria Azarenka celebrates her win against Serena Williams of the US(Getty Images)
Victoria Azarenka celebrates her win against Serena Williams of the US(Getty Images)

Victoria Azarenka knocks Serena Williams out of US Open in semis

New York | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 09:52 AM IST
Victoria Azarenka ended Serena Williams’ latest bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title, rallying for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory in the U.S. Open semifinals.
Sep 9 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York,USA; Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates after match point against Elise Mertens of Belgium (not pictured) in a women's singles quarter-finals match on day nine of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.(USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 9 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York,USA; Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates after match point against Elise Mertens of Belgium (not pictured) in a women's singles quarter-finals match on day nine of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.(USA TODAY Sports)

Azarenka clobbers Mertens to set up Serena showdown

New York | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2020 09:06 AM IST
Azarenka, who smiled and bobbed her head along to music being played during changeovers on Arthur Ashe Stadium court, fired 21 winners to dominate the 16th seeded Belgian in their first career meeting in a singles match.
While preparing for the US Open, Serena Williams (top) posted this picture with daughter Alexis Olympia on court, saying “Caption this”.
While preparing for the US Open, Serena Williams (top) posted this picture with daughter Alexis Olympia on court, saying “Caption this”.

The mother of all Slams!

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 12:45 PM IST
Serena, Azarenka and Pironkova became the first trio of moms to reach the quarters of the same major
Victoria Azarenka after winning the match point.(Getty Images)
Victoria Azarenka after winning the match point.(Getty Images)

Smiling assassin Azarenka downs Muchova to reach US Open last eight

New York | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON SEP 08, 2020 11:56 AM IST
Azarenka had to rally from a set down on Louis Armstrong Stadium to set up a last eight date with Elise Mertens.
Sep 5, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Victoria Azarenka of Belarus hits the ball against Iga Swiatek of Poland on day six of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports(USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 5, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Victoria Azarenka of Belarus hits the ball against Iga Swiatek of Poland on day six of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports(USA TODAY Sports)

Azarenka finally feeling the joy of tennis

NEW YORK | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 02:08 PM IST
The 31-year-old, who beat Iga Swiatek 6-4 6-2 on Saturday, has not dropped a set this week en route to the fourth round at Flushing Meadows, where she reached back-to-back finals in 2012 and 2013, losing both to Serena Williams.
Victoria Azarenka serves.(Getty Images)
Victoria Azarenka serves.(Getty Images)

Rampant Azarenka downs compatriot Sabalenka to reach US Open third round

New York | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 11:56 AM IST
Azarenka whipped through the contest against fifth seed Sabalenka on the Louis Armstrong Stadium court in little more than an hour to set up a third-round date with Sachia Vickery or Iga Swiatek.
Japan’s Naomi Osaka returns a shot.(Getty Images)
Japan’s Naomi Osaka returns a shot.(Getty Images)

Injured Naomi Osaka pulls out of Western & Southern Open final, Azarenka crowned winner

By Associated Press
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2020 08:07 PM IST
Naomi Osaka pulled out of the Western & Southern Open final Saturday because of a left hamstring injury, giving the title to Victoria Azarenka in a walkover.
Serena Williams (R) and Venus Williams of the United States attend an award ceremony following their Australian Open women's singles final in Melbourne on Jan. 28, 2017(Kyodo News Stills via Getty Imag)
Serena Williams (R) and Venus Williams of the United States attend an award ceremony following their Australian Open women's singles final in Melbourne on Jan. 28, 2017(Kyodo News Stills via Getty Imag)

Serena sets up Venus clash on return after Covid-19 hiatus

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2020 09:50 AM IST
Serena was five points from falling to the American left-hander in the second set but suddenly showcased her fighting spirit and pulled away to set up a second-round showdown with older sister Venus, a 6-3 6-2 winner over Victoria Azarenka.
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Qatar Open - Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar - February 28, 2020 Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova in action during her semi final match against Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Qatar Open - Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar - February 28, 2020 Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova in action during her semi final match against Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari/File Photo(REUTERS)

WTA players adjust to new normal in first event since March

LEXINGTON | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 07:21 AM IST
Added to the schedule in late July, the world’s top players such as Serena and Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Sloane Stephens aim to hone their hard-court skills for the U.S. Open later this month. The Williams sisters are slated to start playing Tuesday.
File image of Rafael Nadal(REUTERS)
File image of Rafael Nadal(REUTERS)

Top guns all confirm for Australian Open

Melbourne | By AFP
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2019 10:15 AM IST
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty lead the field at the 115th edition of the tournament from January 20-February 7, which will mark the return to action of former world number three Juan Martin del Potro.
Romania's Simona Halep celebrates beating Belarus's Victoria Azarenka.(AFP)
Romania's Simona Halep celebrates beating Belarus's Victoria Azarenka.(AFP)

Wimbledon 2019: Chilled Simona Halep catches fire to dispatch Victoria Azarenka

London | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2019 11:08 PM IST
Simona Halep was supposedly having a ‘chill’ year, but for a little over an hour on Wimbledon’s Centre Court the ice-cool Romanian was on fire as she swatted aside Victoria Azarenka 6-3 6-1 on Friday.
Ashleigh Barty in action(Action Images via Reuters)
Ashleigh Barty in action(Action Images via Reuters)

Barty admits turning down Murray ‘hardest decision ever’

Birmingham | By AFP
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2019 08:57 AM IST
Australian star Barty made the Birmingham semi-finals on Friday by beating Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3 and now stands just two wins from becoming the world number one.
Russia's Maria Sharapova looks on during the match against Australia's Ashleigh Barty.(REUTERS)
Russia's Maria Sharapova looks on during the match against Australia's Ashleigh Barty.(REUTERS)

Maria Sharapova to return to action in Mallorca Open

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2019 06:38 PM IST
Maria Sharapova has not competed since she withdrew from a second-round match at the WTA St Petersburg Ladies Trophy in January and she skipped the entire claycourt season, including the French Open.
Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts during her second round match against Belarus' Victoria Azarenka.(REUTERS)
Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts during her second round match against Belarus' Victoria Azarenka.(REUTERS)

Naomi Osaka stages second great escape at French Open

Paris | By AFP
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2019 06:19 PM IST
Top seed Naomi Osaka staged a second successive Roland Garros great escape on Thursday when she battled back from a set and a break down to defeat Victoria Azarenka 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Japan's Naomi Osaka in action during her first round match against Slovakia's Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.(REUTERS)
Japan's Naomi Osaka in action during her first round match against Slovakia's Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.(REUTERS)

Naomi Osaka narrowly avoids catastrophic French Open shock

Paris | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 09:41 PM IST
Osaka, bidding to add the French Open to her US and Australian Open titles, was within a whisker of becoming just the second top seed to lose in the first round in Paris in the modern era after Angelique Kerber in 2017.
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