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Victoria Azarenka

In this Eastern Slavic naming convention, the patronymic is Fyódarauna and the family name is Azarenka.

Victória Fyódarauna Azárenka (Belarusian:Вікторыя Фёдараўна Азаранка; Russian: Виктория Фёдоровна Азаренко; born 31 July 1989) is a Belarusian professional tennis player. Azarenka is a former world No. 1 in singles, having claimed the top ranking for the first time on 30 January 2012. She was the year-end No. 1 in 2012 and has held the top ranking for a combined total of 51 weeks. Azarenka has won 21 WTA singles titles, including two Grand Slam singles titles at the 2012 and 2013 Australian Open, becoming the first Belarusian player, male or female, to win a Grand Slam tournament singles title. Azarenka is also a three-time major finalist at the US Open, finishing runner-up to Serena Williams in both 2012 and 2013 and to Naomi Osaka in 2020. Her other important singles achievements include winning six Premier Mandatory tournaments (including the Sunshine Double in 2016), four Premier 5 tournaments, and the singles bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, as well as being the runner-up at the 2011 WTA Finals to Petra Kvitová, reaching three additional Grand Slam singles semifinals (Wimbledon in 2011 and 2012 and the French Open in 2013), and an additional nine major quarterfinal appearances. She finished with a year-end top 10 singles ranking for five consecutive years between 2009 and 2013.

Victoria Azarenka
Azarenka at the 2019 French Open
Full nameVictoria Fyodarauna Azarenka
Native nameВікторыя Фёдараўна Азаранка
Viktoryja Fiodaraŭna Azaranka
Country (sports)Belarus
ResidenceBoca Raton, Florida, United States
Born (1989-07-31)31 July 1989 (age 32)
Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro2003
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachMaxime Tchoutakian (October 2021–present)
Prize moneyUS$33,127,438
Singles
Career record547–212 (72.1%)
Career titles21
Highest rankingNo. 1 (30 January 2012)
Current rankingNo. 27 (1 November 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (2012, 2013)
French OpenSF (2013)
WimbledonSF (2011, 2012)
US OpenF (2012, 2013, 2020)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsF (2011)
Olympic GamesSF – Bronze (2012)
Doubles
Career record172–68 (71.7%)
Career titles9
Highest rankingNo. 7 (7 July 2008)
Current rankingNo. 156 (18 October 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2008, 2011)
French OpenF (2009)
WimbledonQF (2008)
US OpenF (2019)
Mixed doubles
Career titles3
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2007)
French OpenW (2008)
WimbledonF (2018)
US OpenW (2007)
Other mixed doubles tournaments
Olympic GamesW (2012)
Team competitions
Fed Cup21–5
Last updated on: 4 October 2021.
Azarenka on Belarus postage stamp

Azarenka has also been successful in doubles, winning nine WTA doubles titles (including two Premier Mandatory and two Premier 5 titles), reaching four Grand Slam finals in women's doubles, and reaching a career-high ranking of No. 7 in the world on 7 July 2008. She has also won three mixed doubles titles——two being Grand Slam titles at the 2007 US Open with compatriot Max Mirnyi and the 2008 French Open with Bob Bryan, and the third being the Olympic gold medal in mixed doubles at the 2012 London Olympics with Mirnyi.

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On 31 July 1989, Azarenka was born in Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union to Alla and Fyodor Azarenka in a middle-class family. She has an elder brother Max.

Her tennis idol is German former player Steffi Graf. In an interview, Azarenka stated: "Graf's Calendar Golden Slam in 1988 is my biggest motivation."

At age 15, Azarenka moved full-time to Scottsdale, Arizona, United States, from Minsk, Belarus, to train and live. In this she was aided by National Hockey League goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and his wife, who is a friend of Azarenka's mother. In 2012, she became registered in Monaco but in August 2013 she purchased a large ocean-overlooking house as her principal residence where she lives in Manhattan Beach, California. Azarenka is fluent in Belarusian, Russian, and English, and has some fluency in French and Ukrainian.

Azarenka dated American musician Redfoo between late 2012 and early 2014. Azarenka has spoken openly about her experience of depression during her injury-induced absence from professional tennis in 2014.

Azarenka and former boyfriend Billy McKeague, have one son, Leo, born 19 December 2016. Immediately after 2017 Wimbledon they split and became involved in a custody case for their son in Los Angeles, which began in August 2017. Azarenka then withdrew from the remaining 2017 tournaments.

In January 2018 a tabloid news website reported that Azarenka had won an early round of the U.S. custody proceedings where a Los Angeles County judge ruled that the custody case of McKeague and Azarenka's U.S. born son should not take place in Los Angeles County, but in Belarus. In April 2018 Azarenka returned to the tour, competing in Europe in the Madrid Open, the Italian Open, and later the French Open.

In December 2018, California Courts of Appeal ruled that Los Angeles County Superior Court has jurisdiction over their child custody case, overturning the initial Los Angeles County Superior Court Belarus jurisdiction decision.

Early career

Azarenka debuted on the ITF Junior Circuit in November 2003 in Israel, winning one doubles title with countrywoman Olga Govortsova. At Wimbledon, Azarenka reached the semifinals of the girls' competition, only to be defeated by eventual runner-up Ana Ivanovic, despite having two match points in the marathon third set. She continued to participate in ITF tournaments in 2004, and at the end of the season she had a singles rank of 508 on the WTA Tour.

Azarenka had a successful year in 2005, winning two junior Grand Slams: the Australian (she would eventually win the seniors' competition in 2012 and 2013) and US championships. She ended the season as the junior world No. 1 and was named the 2005 World Champion by the ITF, becoming the first Belarusian to do so. In addition, she reached her first semifinal on the main tour in Guangzhou, China. She went from the qualifying draw of the tournament to the main draw, where she defeated Martina Suchá and Peng Shuai, before losing to the eventual champion Yan Zi.

Junior Slam results:

  • Australian Open: W (2005)
  • French Open: –
  • Wimbledon: SF (2004, 2005)
  • US Open: W (2005)

Junior Grand Slam finals

Singles: 2 (2 titles)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 2005 Australian Open Hard Ágnes Szávay 6–2, 6–2
Win 2005 US Open Hard Alexa Glatch 6–3, 6–4

Doubles: 4 (4 titles)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2004 Wimbledon Grass Olga Govortsova Marina Erakovic
Monica Niculescu
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Win 2005 Australian Open Hard Marina Erakovic Nikola Fraňková
Ágnes Szávay
6–0, 6–2
Win 2005 French Open Clay Ágnes Szávay Raluca-Ioana Olaru
Amina Rakhim
4–6, 6–4, 6–0
Win 2005 Wimbledon (2) Grass Ágnes Szávay Marina Erakovic
Monica Niculescu
6–7(5–7), 6–2, 6–0

2006: First Grand Slam win and third round

In February 2006 in Memphis, Azarenka defeated her first top-20 player, Nicole Vaidišová, and defeated her second top-30 player in Jelena Janković at Miami that same year. On clay, Azarenka pushed 2004 French Open champion Anastasia Myskina to a third set in Rome, and took clay-court specialist Anabel Medina Garrigues to 9–7 in the third set in the first round at Roland Garros. At the 2006 Wimbledon Championships Azarenka lost in 1st round to 2005 Junior Wimbledon and 2006 Junior French Open Champion and Wildcard Agnieszka Radwańska.

At the 2006 US Open, she had her first win over Myskina in the first round, and lost to Anna Chakvetadze in the third round, her best result in a Grand Slam event to that date. In her next tournament, Azarenka reached her second pro-level semifinal in Tashkent, losing to Sun Tiantian. She finished the year reaching the final of an ITF event in Pittsburgh, losing to Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak.

2007: First WTA final

Ranked world No. 96, Azarenka began the year by playing two tournaments in Australia. She lost in the second round of qualifying at the Moorilla Hobart International. At the Australian Open, Azarenka reached the third round of a Grand Slam singles tournament for the second consecutive time, where she lost to world No. 11 Jelena Janković in straight sets.

She was upset in the first round of the French Open by Karin Knapp of Italy, and at Wimbledon, she lost in the third round to 14th-seeded Nicole Vaidišová.

At the US Open, Azarenka upset former world No. 1 Martina Hingis in the third round, before 2004 US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova beat her in the fourth round. In mixed doubles, Azarenka and countryman Max Mirnyi won the title, defeating Meghann Shaughnessy and Leander Paes.

She ended her year at the Tier I Kremlin Cup in Moscow, where she defeated world No. 4, Maria Sharapova, in the second round, in their first meeting. She then lost to the eventual winner of the tournament, world No. 14 Elena Dementieva, in the quarterfinal. At the same tournament, Azarenka and her doubles partner Tatiana Poutchek, also of Belarus, lost in the final to the world No. 3 team of Liezel Huber and Cara Black, in three sets. Azarenka's results at the Kremlin Cup elevated her rankings to career highs of world No. 27 in singles and world No. 29 in doubles.

2008: Australian Open final in doubles

Azarenka began the year at the Australian Women's Hardcourts tournament in Gold Coast. Unseeded, she reached the semifinals, where she beat fifth-seeded Shahar Pe'er of Israel, Azarenka's sixth top-20 victory. In her third career WTA Tour final, she lost to Li Na, but the points she earned in this tournament were enough to improve her ranking to a career-best world No. 25.

Azarenka at 2008 Wimbledon

Azarenka was seeded 26th at the Australian Open. This was her first appearance as a seeded player in a Grand Slam singles tournament. She showed no ill effects from a leg injury while winning her first two matches, but lost in the third round to seventh-seeded, defending champion and future rival Serena Williams. In doubles, Azarenka and her partner Pe'er were seeded 12th. They made it to the finals, before losing to the unseeded team of Kateryna and Alona Bondarenko.

Azarenka entered the French Open as the form player of the clay court season, having reached the semifinals in Berlin and the quarterfinals in Rome. Seeded 16th, she won her first three matches in straight sets, for the loss of only six games. In the second round, she defeated Sorana Cîrstea of Romania, before defeating 18th-seeded and future French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy in the third round. She then lost to fourth-seeded Kuznetsova in the fourth round. Azarenka teamed with American Bob Bryan to win the mixed doubles title at the French Open, defeating the top seeded team of Katarina Srebotnik and Nenad Zimonjić in the final.

At Wimbledon, Azarenka was seeded 16th in singles and 6th in doubles (with Pe'er). In singles, Azarenka was defeated by 21st-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia in the third round in two close tiebreaks. In doubles, Azarenka and Pe'er reached the quarterfinals, where they lost to the top-seeded team of Cara Black and Liezel Huber. At the Olympic tennis tournament in Beijing, Azarenka lost to Venus Williams in the third round. Azarenka was seeded 14th at the US Open, but was defeated by 21st seed Caroline Wozniacki in the third round.

2009: Miami Open title, French Open final in doubles and top 10 debut

Azarenka began the year at the Brisbane International as the second seed. She defeated Kateryna Bondarenko, Jarmila Groth, Lucie Šafářová, and Sara Errani, all in straight sets to reach her fifth career final. In the final, Azarenka defeated third seed Marion Bartoli to win her first WTA career title. Azarenka was seeded 13th at the Australian Open. She advanced to the fourth round for the first time, winning the first set against world No. 2 Serena Williams, before she was forced to retire because of heat stress.

Azarenka competing at the 2009 French Open

At the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Azarenka was seeded second. She won her second WTA title by beating her doubles partner and top seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the final. Afterwards, Wozniacki and Azarenka won the doubles title, beating Michaëlla Krajicek and Yuliana Fedak in the final. At the BNP Paribas Open, Azarenka was seeded 8th and reached the semifinals, where she lost to her doubles partner and eventual champion Vera Zvonareva. Because of her performance at this tournament, Azarenka improved her singles ranking to a career-best world No. 10. She is the second woman from Belarus ever to be ranked that high, following Natasha Zvereva who was ranked world No. 5 in the late 1980s. At the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, Azarenka was seeded 11th. She defeated world No. 1 and two-time defending champion, Serena Williams, in the final in straight sets. This was Azarenka's first Tier I or Premier Mandatory event title. Azarenka also became the sixth teenage female singles champion in the history of this tournament, with the others being Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams, and Gabriela Sabatini. By winning this tournament, Azarenka's ranking increased to a new career high of world No. 8.

Her next tournament was on clay at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, where she lost to Gisela Dulko in the second round. At the Italian Open, Azarenka lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semifinals. At Roland Garros, Azarenka was seeded ninth. She ousted defending champion Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round, and advanced to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, where she fell to top seed Dinara Safina in three sets. With her partner Elena Vesnina, Azarenka made the final of the ladies doubles at Roland Garros. In the final, they lost to the Spanish pairing of Garrigues and Ruano Pascual. She withdrew from her first match at the Aegon International, the warm-up for Wimbledon, citing a hip injury. Azarenka was seeded eighth at Wimbledon. She fell to second seed and eventual winner Serena Williams in the quarterfinals.

Receiving a bye in the first round at the Los Angeles, Azarenka fell to Maria Sharapova. In Cincinnati, Azarenka lost to Jelena Janković in the third round, committing 11 double faults. At the Rogers Cup in Toronto, she was seeded ninth. She lost to returning Kim Clijsters in the second round. At the US Open, Azarenka was seeded eighth. She fell to Francesca Schiavone in the third round. Seeded eighth at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, she lost to Li Na in the quarterfinals, in a third set tiebreak, giving up a 5–1 lead in the first set. In her next tournament the China Open, Azarenka was seeded ninth. She lost in the second round to recent Tokyo champion Maria Sharapova, while serving for the match twice. She intended to play the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, but she withdrew. At the year-end Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, Azarenka vanquished Jelena Janković in her first-round robin-match. In her second match, however, Azarenka was defeated by Caroline Wozniacki. Azarenka failed to convert a match point in the final set in which she led by a break on four occasions. Azarenka also conceded her serve at 5–5, to leave Wozniacki serving for the match after receiving a point penalty for racket abuse. Due to her loss to Wozniacki, Azarenka had to defeat second alternate Agnieszka Radwańska to qualify for the semifinals. She led with a double break, before going on to lose nine of the next ten games, eventually conceding the match after severe cramping in the third set forced her to retire while trailing in the third set.

Azarenka ended the year ranked world No. 7, with a 45–15 win-loss record, having won three titles and qualified for the year-end championships for the first time in her career. On 15 December, Azarenka split with long-time coach António van Grichen.

2010: Steady ranking

Azarenka began the season at the Hong Kong Tennis Classic exhibition. She was part of Team Europe, along with Caroline Wozniacki and Stefan Edberg. In her first match, she defeated Gisela Dulko. The match was played best of one set due to rain. She withdrew from her remaining matches due to illness. She was seeded sixth at the Medibank International. She won her first three matches but in the semifinals, she fell to fifth seed Elena Dementieva.

At the Australian Open, she was seeded seventh. In the fourth round against ninth seed Vera Zvonareva she rallied to win, but lost to Serena Williams in the quarterfinal. Azarenka was up a set and four games before Williams came back to win in three sets. This was the third consecutive year she has lost to Williams at this tournament. Seeded fourth at the Dubai Tennis Championships, on her way to the final, she defeated Vera Zvonareva in the quarterfinals and Agnieszka Radwańska in the semifinals. In the final, she lost to defending champion Venus Williams. At the BNP Paribas Open, she was seeded third, but was upset in the third round by María José Martínez Sánchez. At the Sony Ericsson Open, where she was the defending champion and fourth seed, she lost in fourth round to 14th seed and eventual champion Kim Clijsters. This was the fourth match in the five tournaments this year that Azarenka lost to eventual champions.

At the Andalucia Tennis Experience, she was the top seed but had to retire in her quarterfinal match against María José Martínez Sánchez, due to a left thigh injury. Seeded third at the Family Circle Cup, she had to retire from her first match while leading against qualifier Christina McHale. At the Porsche Grand Prix, she was upset in the second round by qualifier Anna Lapushchenkova, who was ranked No. 138 at the time. At the Italian Open, as the ninth seed, Azarenka was defeated by Ana Ivanovic. As the tenth seed at the Madrid Open, Azarenka retired from her first round match against Peng Shuai with a groin injury. At the 2010 French Open, coming back from injury, Azarenka was defeated in the first round by unseeded Gisela Dulko. As she reached the quarterfinals in 2009, this loss caused Azarenka to drop to world No. 15. Azarenka was unseeded at the Aegon International. Still struggling with injuries, Azarenka fell to qualifier Ekaterina Makarova in the final.

Azarenka at the 2010 US Open

Azarenka was seeded 14th at Wimbledon. She lost to eventual semifinalist Petra Kvitová in the third round. The defeat dropped Azarenka to world No. 18, as she was defending quarterfinal points from 2009.

I don't know. I just don't like to look for excuses, you know, the lights, the fans, I don't know everything. To me, I'm just very disappointed with the way I played.

–Victoria Azarenka after her first round loss to Ana Ivanovic in Cincinnati.

To begin the summer hard-court season, Azarenka competed in the Bank of the West Classic as a wild card and eighth seed. Azarenka defeated Maria Sharapova in the final, after defeating top seed Samantha Stosur in the semifinals, to win her first title since April 2009. The win propelled Azarenka to world No. 12. Despite being the favourite to win the Mercury Insurance Open, Azarenka withdrew to recover from a right shoulder injury. Seeded ninth at the Western & Southern Open, Azarenka was stunned in the first round by world No. 62, Ana Ivanovic, despite serving for the match twice in the second set, and being within two points of victory on Ivanovic's serve; it was Azarenka's second defeat by Ivanovic in 2010. However, she won the doubles title, partnering with Maria Kirilenko, defeating Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs. 1 September 2010, daytime, at the US Open, during her second round against Gisela Dulko, Azarenka collapsed on the court. There were concerns that the cause of the fall was heat-related. Azarenka was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was diagnosed with a concussion after hitting her head whilst warming up before the match during a sprint exercise. Azarenka won only seven Grand Slam matches for the entire year, matching her 2007 tally.

At the Pan Pacific Open, she lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals in three sets. Azarenka re-entered the top 10 after this run. At the China Open, Azarenka retired in her second-round match to Timea Bacsinszky. At the Kremlin Cup Azarenka, as the second seed, defeated Maria Kirilenko in the final, coming back from 4–0 down in the second set to win her fifth career title. Azarenka's performance in Moscow qualified her for the year-end Tour Championships, where she was in the White Group as the eighth seed. In her first round-robin match, Azarenka lost to Vera Zvonareva, and then lost to Kim Clijsters in her second match. This assured that she did not qualify for the semifinals. In her final match of the tournament and season, she defeated Janković for the second year in a row. Azarenka ended the year as world No. 10, her second consecutive year-end top-10 finish. Azarenka then took part in a charitable exhibition match in mid-November with Caroline Wozniacki, beating the Dane at the Sports Palace in her hometown of Minsk.

2011: Miami Open title, WTA Tour Championships final

Azarenka began her year at the Medibank International as the seventh seed, where she lost to Kim Clijsters in the quarterfinals. At the 2011 Australian Open Azarenka was seeded eighth. She lost to the ninth seed and eventual finalist, Li Na in the fourth round. Azarenka partnered with Maria Kirilenko in the women's doubles event, but the pair lost to Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta in the final. Azarenka then travelled to Israel to compete in Fed Cup. Belarus beat Croatia, Austria, and Greece in the group stage, without losing a match. The Belarusian team then defeated Poland 2–0 to qualify for the World Group II play-Offs in April where they played Estonia.

Azarenka playing at the 2011 Australian Open

Azarenka's next tournament was the Dubai Championships, where she was seeded seventh. She lost to Flavia Pennetta in the third round. Azarenka then competed at the Qatar Open as the sixth seed, but lost to Daniela Hantuchová in the first round in three sets. Azarenka's next event was the BNP Paribas Open, where she competed as the eighth seed. She retired in the quarterfinals against world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, whilst trailing 0–3, due to a left leg injury. She also became the second person to defeat both Radwańska sisters in the same tournament. Azarenka then competed at the Sony Ericsson Open as the eighth seed. She reached her second final at the event, where she defeated sixteenth seed Maria Sharapova to win the title.

At the Andalucia Tennis Experience, Azarenka was the top seed and dropped only fourteen games on her way to the final. She defeated Irina-Camelia Begu in the final. Azarenka's victory, and Sam Stosur's inability to defend her points at Charleston, ensured that Azarenka would reach a career high of world No. 5. She then participated in Belarus' 5–0 win over Estonia in the Fed Cup. In her next tournament the Porsche Grand Prix, Azarenka retired after winning the first set of her first match, ending her 12-match winning streak. At the Madrid Masters, Azarenka was seeded fourth. She lost in the final in straight sets to Petra Kvitová, but still rose to a career-high world No. 4. Azarenka then reached the quarterfinals of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, where she was up a set before retiring to eventual champion Maria Sharapova.

Azarenka at the 2011 Rogers Cup

Azarenka was the fourth seed at the French Open. She beat Andrea Hlaváčková in the first round, Pauline Parmentier in the second round, 30th seed Roberta Vinci in the third round, and Ekaterina Makarova in the fourth round to reach her fourth career Grand Slam quarterfinal. She lost to Li Na in the quarterfinals. Azarenka was the fourth seed at Wimbledon. She beat 25th seed Daniela Hantuchová in a three-set third-round match, before beating Nadia Petrova. She followed that up with an easy victory over Tamira Paszek, advancing to the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the first time. Azarenka was beaten by Czech player and eventual champion Petra Kvitová, going down in three sets.

Her next tournament was the Bank of the West Classic, where she was the defending champion and top seed. Azarenka was ousted by 124th-ranked Marina Erakovic from New Zealand in the second round. Despite her 'horrible match' in singles, Azarenka claimed the doubles title with partner Kirilenko. The next tournament Azarenka played was the Rogers Cup, where she was seeded fourth. After a bye, Azarenka crushed Stéphanie Dubois, María José Martínez Sánchez, and Galina Voskoboeva, before being stopped by Serena Williams in the semifinals. Azarenka reached the doubles final with Kirilenko, but the team was forced to withdraw because of a hand injury to Azarenka. Azarenka pulled out of the Western & Southern Open with the same injury.

Azarenka's next tournament was the US Open, where she was seeded fourth. She made it to the third round, where she was defeated by 28th seed and eventual runner-up Serena Williams. Despite the early loss, she reached a new career high of No. 3 in the world. Azarenka reached the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open, losing to eventual champion Agnieszka Radwańska. In doing so she qualified for the year-end championships in Istanbul. The Belarusian participated in the China Open, the last of the four mandatory events for 2011, as the second seed. She defeated Polona Hercog in the second round, after receiving a first-round bye. She then withdrew from the tournament citing a right foot strain.

Azarenka would win her third title of the year at the Luxembourg Open, defeating Monica Niculescu in the final. Azarenka was placed in the White Group at the Tour Championships. She beat Samantha Stosur and Li Na in her first two Round Robin matches. She secured the move to the semifinals despite her loss in three sets to Marion Bartoli, a substitute for Maria Sharapova. She then beat Vera Zvonareva to move to the final where she lost to Petra Kvitová in three sets.

2012: First Major title, two Olympic medals and world No. 1

Azarenka claimed her first title of the season at the Apia International Sydney as the third seed. She defeated her first three opponents, Stefanie Vögele, Jelena Janković and Marion Bartoli all in straight sets to advance to the semifinals where she defeated the seventh seed, Agnieszka Radwańska in three sets to reach the final. She went on to win against the defending champion Li Na in three sets.

Azarenka competed at the Australian Open as the third seed, defeating Heather Watson, Casey Dellacqua, Mona Barthel and Iveta Benešová in the first four rounds without dropping a set. In the quarterfinals, Azarenka faced a sterner test against world No. 8, Agnieszka Radwańska, but won in three sets. She then defeated the eleventh seed and defending champion Kim Clijsters to reach her first Major singles final, where she faced the world No. 4 Maria Sharapova. After a nervous start Azarenka proceeded to win the last nine games to win the title. Azarenka recorded her first Grand Slam singles title and became the world No. 1 (with effect from 30 January 2012) in the same match.

Her first tournament as world number one was the Qatar Open. She won her third title of the year in Doha, defeating Sam Stosur in the final. Azarenka planned to compete at the Dubai Championships. However, after a bye in the first round, she withdrew from the tournament due to an ankle injury. In March, she played in the BNP Paribas Open, where she was the top seed. In a re-run of the 2012 Australian Open decider, her opponent in the final was world No. 2 Maria Sharapova, and once again, Azarenka won in straight sets, thus extending her undefeated record in 2012 to 23–0. Azarenka´s 26 match win-streak ended in the quarters of the Sony Ericsson Open in a straight set loss against Marion Bartoli.

Azarenka won an Olympic bronze medal during the 2012 Summer Olympics. She and Max Mirnyi also won the mixed doubles gold beating Britain's Laura Robson and Andy Murray.

In April, she competed at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Making it to the semifinals she faced Agnieszka Radwańska and won comfortably in straight sets. This win meant she had beaten Radwańska in all five matches against her this year. Azarenka would then face world No. 2 Maria Sharapova in the final where she fell in straight sets. Azarenka then competed at the Madrid Open. She made it to the finals but was beaten easily in by Serena Williams in straight sets. The result gave Azarenka only her third defeat of the year. Azarenka's next tournament was the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, she advanced to the third round quite easily but then withdrew from the tournament, due to a right shoulder strain, and avoided a third round clash with Dominika Cibulková.

At the French Open, she defeated Alberta Brianti, Dinah Pfizenmaier and Alexandra Wozniak respectively to qualify for the fourth round. However, in the fourth round, she lost in straight sets against Dominika Cibulková of Slovakia. As a result, she lost her world No. 1 ranking to eventual Roland Garros champion Maria Sharapova. Azarenka then competed at Wimbledon, winning her first four matches in straight sets. She then defeated Tamira Paszek in the quarterfinals, also in straight sets, before losing to Serena Williams for the 6th straight time in the semifinal, bringing their head-to-head 8–1 in Serena's favour. Nonetheless, she regained the world No. 1 ranking after the tournament due to Sharapova's loss in the fourth round.

Later in the month, Azarenka took part in the 2012 Summer Olympics tennis event, held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London. She entered two events, playing in both the women's singles, and the mixed doubles alongside ATP doubles world No. 1 Max Mirnyi. In singles, Azarenka won her first four matches, all in straight sets, before falling in the semifinals, losing for the third time of the season and the ninth time overall to eventual Gold Medallist Serena Williams. Azarenka rebounded by winning the bronze-medal match over Maria Kirilenko in straight sets, earning the first ever Olympic medal in tennis for Belarus. Azarenka got her first Gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics on 5 August 2012 with Max Mirnyi for Belarus, defeating Andy Murray and Laura Robson of Great Britain in a tiebreak. Azarenka reached the quarterfinals for the first time at the 2012 US Open, winning her first four matches in straight sets for the loss of only ten games. There, she faced defending champion Samantha Stosur and eliminated her from the tournament in a two-and-a-half hour three-set thriller which was decided by a final-set tiebreak.[47] Azarenka then faced former US Open champion and world No. 3 Maria Sharapova in the semifinal. Azarenka was able to come through the match after being a set down. In the final she faced former US Open champion and world No. 4 Serena Williams, losing for the eighth consecutive time despite serving for the match in the third set.[48] Following her loss, Azarenka was applauded by many in the tennis community for the honesty and gratitude she demonstrated during the trophy ceremony as well as her press-conference afterwards.

In mid-September, Azarenka played an exhibition match against Dominika Cibulková in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam,[49] winning the match in straight sets.[50] Azarenka then played at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo where, in the quarters, she retired from the tournament due to dizziness. She then played the China Open, advancing to the quarterfinals without dropping a set. There she defeated Romina Oprandi and then eased past Marion Bartoli en route to the finals. The finals was set for another top 2 seeded match as it was Azarenka facing world No. 2 Maria Sharapova for the fifth time of the year. Azarenka was able to win the match comfortably. The win gave Azarenka her second Premier Mandatory title of the year and fifth overall title of the year. Azarenka then played at the Generali Ladies Linz, where she advanced to the semifinals without dropping a set. In the semis she faced Irina-Camelia Begu, winning easily. In the finals she faced Germany's Julia Görges and won the match in straight sets, tying Serena with six titles for the year. Azarenka's final tournament of the year was the WTA Tour Championships where she was drawn in the red group along with world No. 3, Serena Williams, world No. 5, Angelique Kerber and world No. 8, Li Na. In match one she beat Kerber but was subsequently beaten by Serena Williams. In her final round robin match, she beat Li Na, ensuring her Year-End No. 1 ranking. As the runner-up of her group, Azarenka faced White Group winner Maria Sharapova in the semifinals. After, clinching the world number one spot in her previous match against Li, she seemed physically drained to compete well and lost to Sharapova in two sets. Azarenka set a new record for single-season prize money in 2012, earning $7.9 million. She also finished the season with a 69–10 win-loss record and six titles, losing five of those matches to Serena Williams, two to Maria Sharapova, one to Marion Bartoli, one to Dominika Cibulková and the remaining loss coming on a retirement to Tamira Paszek.

2013: Second Australian Open title and US Open runner-up

Victoria Azarenka began her 2013 season at the Brisbane International in what was her first appearance at the tournament since winning the title in 2009. She was able to reach the semi-finals, however had to withdraw from her scheduled match against Serena Williams due to a toe infection.

Azarenka defended the title at the Australian Open, beating Li Na in three sets in the championship match. Her passage to the final included a first round win against Monica Niculescu, a second round win against Eleni Daniilidou, a three set win against rising American star Jamie Hampton, a fourth round win against Elena Vesnina, a quarterfinal win against Svetlana Kuznetsova, and a semifinal win against Sloane Stephens where she took a controversial 10-minute medical timeout citing exaggerated injuries, blaming breathing difficulties and stress. Her next tournament was the Qatar Total Open, where she was the defending champion. She advanced to the semifinals with easy wins over Romina Oprandi, Christina McHale, Sara Errani, and Agnieszka Radwańska. In the final, Azarenka faced Serena Williams and defeated her in three sets, successfully defending her title and beating Williams for the first time since 2009.

In her next event at the Premier Mandatory Indian Wells Open, Azarenka, the defending champion, opened well against two-time Indian Wells winner Daniela Hantuchová. Against 28th seed Kirsten Flipkens, Azarenka dropped the first set and was three games from losing in the second set. Azarenka, however, won twelve straight points to clinch the second set and went on to win the third set easily. In the Round of 16, Azarenka defeated Urszula Radwańska. Azarenka was drawn to meet Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals, however Azarenka was forced to withdraw from the match and the tournament, citing a right ankle injury. As a result, despite her 17-match unbeaten start to the season, Azarenka lost her No. 2 ranking to eventual champion Maria Sharapova.

Even though Azarenka attended the player's party in Miami for the Sony Open, she withdrew from the tournament moments before her first match with American up-and-comer Madison Keys, because she hadn't recovered fully from her right ankle injury. In her first tournament after injury, Azarenka lost to Ekaterina Makarova in the second round of the Madrid Open but successfully reached the final in the following tournament, the Italian Open by defeating Julia Görges, Ayumi Morita, Sam Stosur, and Sara Errani, but lost to Serena Williams in the final. In the French Open, as the third seed, she reached the semifinal before being defeated by Maria Sharapova who ended the tournament as runner-up. It was, however, a huge improvement made on her weakest surface. She is making huge strides to become a better clay-court player.

Azarenka at the 2013 Southern California Open

In the first round of the Wimbledon Championships she defeated Maria João Koehler in straight sets, but suffered a serious knee injury early in the second set. This injury ultimately forced her to withdraw from the Championships before her second round match against Flavia Pennetta. Azarenka's withdrawal from Wimbledon ended a sequence of four consecutive Grand Slam semifinals.

Following her injury-enforced early exit from Wimbledon, Azarenka returned to action at the Southern California Open, where she was the top seed. After receiving a first-round bye, she defeated Francesca Schiavone, Urszula Radwańska and Ana Ivanovic (the latter in three sets) before losing to Samantha Stosur in straight sets in the championship match. The loss to Stosur marked her first loss against her, after previously winning their first eight encounters.

Azarenka was later forced to withdraw from the Rogers Cup due to a back injury she suffered in the championship match in Carlsbad.

Seeded second at Cincinnati, Azarenka received a first round bye, following which she won her first match at the tournament since 2009, when she defeated local hope Vania King in the second round. That was then followed by wins over Magdaléna Rybáriková, Caroline Wozniacki (her first victory against her since 2009) and Jelena Janković, en route to reaching her fifth final of the year, where she defeated Serena Williams in a thrilling championship match to pick up her third title for the year.

At the US Open, where Azarenka was seeded second, she successfully reached the final for the second consecutive year, only dropping two sets en route. In her first round match, she defeated Dinah Pfizenmaier without losing a game. In her second round match, she defeated Aleksandra Wozniak in straight sets. In her third and fourth round matches, she respectively battled past Alizé Cornet and Ana Ivanovic, coming from a set down to win both matches. In her quarterfinal match, she defeated Daniela Hantuchová in straight sets. In the semifinal match, she defeated surprise semifinalist Flavia Pennetta. However, she lost in the final to Serena Williams in three sets.

Azarenka then endured an unsuccessful Asian swing, losing in the second round to former number one and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in straight sets in Tokyo and losing in the first round to Andrea Petkovic in an error-riddled performance in Beijing. Azarenka's 2013 season ended with a poor showing at the 2013 WTA Tour Championships, winning only one of her three-round robin matches and failing to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2010.

2014–15: Injuries and struggle

Azarenka at the 2015 Australian Open

Azarenka's 2014 season was blighted by a foot injury which forced her to miss five months of the season and call an early end to her season in September. The injuries forced her to miss seven of her first 16 events of the season, including the 2014 French Open. Azarenka only managed to make it to one final all season, in her first tournament of the year in Brisbane, where she lost to Serena Williams in straight sets. In three other tournaments Azarenka managed to reach the quarterfinals, but failed to progress any further. She lost to Agnieszka Radwańska at the Australian Open and Montreal and to Ekaterina Makarova at the US Open. Elsewhere, she suffered losses in her opening matches at tournaments in Indian Wells, Eastbourne and Stanford. At Wimbledon she lost in her second round match to Bojana Jovanovski in three sets. Azarenka's 2014 season ended in September due to injury. She ended the year ranked world No. 32, her lowest finish since 2006.

Azarenka started the 2015 season at the Brisbane International, losing to Karolína Plíšková in three sets, despite having multiple match points. As of being a runner-up last year, she dropped out from the top 40.[clarification needed] However, Azarenka reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, beating eight seed Caroline Wozniacki en route, but lost to Dominika Cibulková in three sets.

In Doha, Azarenka scored three wins over top-20 players, against Angelique Kerber, fifth ranked Wozniacki and Venus Williams, before losing to Lucie Šafářová in the final. She then played in Indian Wells and Miami, losing in the third round at both.

Azarenka opened her clay season in Madrid, where she beat Venus Williams, but lost to her sister Serena in third round, despite having three match points. Next she reached the quarterfinals in Rome, losing to Maria Sharapova again after Sharapova previously beat her at Indian Wells. At the French Open, she lost eight games before reaching the third round, but then fell to Serena Williams, despite being two service games from victory in the second set.

After having to withdraw from the second round match in Birmingham due to a foot injury, Azarenka made a run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals with four straight set wins, but lost to Serena Williams again after taking the first set.

She returned to action in Toronto, reaching the third round after beating Elina Svitolina and third seed Petra Kvitová. She then seemed to be frustrated by Errani's medical timeout during the first set where she was up a break. Azarenka won just four of the next fourteen games and lost.

Azarenka reached the third round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, beating Lauren Davis and fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki before retiring against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

She beat Lucie Hradecká, Yanina Wickmayer, 11th seed Angelique Kerber and Varvara Lepchenko to reach the quarterfinals at the US Open. She then lost in three sets to second seed Simona Halep.

2016: Sunshine Double, re-entry into top 5, injuries and pregnancy hiatus

Azarenka started her season at the Brisbane International in Australia. She reached the final after defeating Elena Vesnina, Ysaline Bonaventure, eighth seed Roberta Vinci and surprise qualifier Samantha Crawford. She faced fourth seed Angelique Kerber in the final and won the title without losing a set in the entire tournament. This was her 18th WTA title and her first since the 2013 Western & Southern Open. At the Australian Open, Azarenka was seeded 14th and reached the quarterfinals without dropping a set, including a double-bagel win over Alison Van Uytvanck. However, in her quarterfinal match she was defeated in straight sets by seventh seed and eventual champion Angelique Kerber, who had never defeated Azarenka in their previous six matches. Azarenka was ahead in the second set but failed to convert five set points.

Azarenka played her first 250-point International event since 2011 in Acapulco, Mexico, where she withdrew after her first-round win over Polona Hercog.

Azarenka next played, and won, at Indian Wells. The title included wins over Serena Williams, Karolína Plíšková, and a double-bagel win over Magdaléna Rybáriková. Azarenka's win over Williams in the final made her the only player to defeat Williams four times in a final other than her sister Venus. Her ranking rose to No. 8 after Indian Wells.

Two weeks later, Azarenka beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Miami final to become only the third player, after Steffi Graf and Kim Clijsters, to win the Indian Wells-Miami double in the same year. The title included a straight-sets revenge defeat of Angelique Kerber in the semifinals and a win over Garbiñe Muguruza in the fourth round in their first meeting. Her ranking rose to No. 5 afterwards.

Azarenka started her clay-court season at the Madrid Open as the fourth seed. She cruised through the first two rounds with wins over Laura Robson and Alizé Cornet. However, she was forced to withdraw from her third-round match with Louisa Chirico because of a back injury. After losing to Irina-Camelia Begu in her first match in Rome, she was forced to retire from her first round match against Karin Knapp at the French Open due to a knee injury. The same injury forced her to withdraw from Wimbledon.

Azarenka announced her pregnancy through social media on 15 July and missed the rest of the 2016 season as a result. On 20 December 2016, Azarenka gave birth to a boy named Leo; she subsequently split from his father and a custody battle ensued.

2017: Return to tour, then custody battle

Azarenka returned to competitive tennis at the Mallorca Open (19–25 June), winning her first match against Risa Ozaki after saving three match points in the final set. She lost in the second round to Ana Konjuh.

At Wimbledon, Azarenka used her protected ranking to enter the main draw. She came back from a set down to defeat American teenager CiCi Bellis in the first round. In the second round, she completed the first straight sets win of her return by knocking out 15th seed Elena Vesnina. In the third round, Azarenka beat Heather Watson in a three-set thriller in 2 hours and 6 minutes. She was beaten by world No. 2, Simona Halep in the fourth round in straight sets. In mixed-doubles event, Azarenka teamed up with the former world number one in men doubles Nenad Zimonjic where they lost in the first round of the championship to the 2016 Wimbledon mixed-doubles champion, Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson, in straight sets at the same day when Azarenka defeated Watson in the women's singles event.

In August 2017, Azarenka's custody battle for her eight-month old son resulted in her withdrawal from that year's US Open. She also missed the 2017 Fed Cup final, in which her native Belarus lost 2–3 to the United States.

2018: Return to top 100, Wimbledon mixed-doubles final

Azarenka originally received a wild card for the Australian Open, but she withdrew from the tournament due to her ongoing custody battle. On 16 January 2018, it was announced that Azarenka had won her custody battle hearing, and was due to resume her career with the Indian Wells Open. She lost to Sloane Stephens in the third round. At the Miami Open, she set up a rematch against Stephens after defeating Karolína Plíšková in the quarterfinal round in straight sets. She lost in three sets. With her run to the semifinals, Azarenka returned to the top 100 for the first time since returning to tour. At the Madrid Open, Azarenka lost in round two to Karolína Plíšková. At the Italian Open, she was defeated in the opening round by Naomi Osaka. At the French Open, Azarenka was defeated in the first round by Kateřina Siniaková.

Azarenka started the grass-court season at the Mallorca Open, where she lost in the second round to Lucie Šafářová. At Wimbledon, she lost in the second round to another Czech player, Karolína Plíšková. Nonetheless, she reached the final in the mixed doubles, partnering Jamie Murray.

At the US Open, Azarenka lost in the third round in straight sets to defending champion Sloane Stephens. Then she played in the quarterfinals of Tokyo.

2019: US Open doubles final, Return to top 50

At Australian Open, Azarenka lost to Laura Siegemund in the first round.

She won doubles in Acapulco, partnering Zheng Saisai. In Monterrey, Azarenka advanced to the final, defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Angelique Kerber along the way. She retired hurt in the second set against defending champion Garbiñe Muguruza.

At the 2019 Wimbledon Championships, she lost in the third round to eventual champion, Simona Halep.

At the US Open, she made the final in women's doubles partnering Ashleigh Barty.

2020: Return to form, first title since 2016, first Grand Slam final since 2013, Return to top 15

Azarenka withdrew from the Australian Open due to 'personal problems'.

Her first match in 2020 was at the Monterrey Open, where she lost in the first round to Tamara Zidanšek in straight sets. She then withdrew from Indian Wells for undisclosed reasons, before the tournament was cancelled, and the WTA Tour was suspended, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the WTA Tour resumed she played her first tournament in five months at the Top Seed Open in Lexington where she lost in the first round to Venus Williams in straight sets.

Azarenka next played at the Western & Southern Open, winning the title via walkover in the final, after Naomi Osaka withdrew citing a hamstring injury. This became her first WTA singles title since the 2016 Miami Open and since giving birth to her son, Leo. Following the victory, Azarenka climbed 22 places in the world rankings to 27th place.

Azarenka was unseeded in singles at the US Open, given that seedings were taken from the rankings the week prior to her big win. She easily defeated Barbara Haas in the first round, then defeated the fifth seed and world No. 11, her countrywoman Aryna Sabalenka in the second round. Azarenka then defeated Polish teenager Iga Świątek in the third round, before coming back from a set down to defeat the 20th seed Karolína Muchová, advancing to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since the 2016 Australian Open. With Serena Williams and Tsvetana Pironkova also making the last eight, it marked the first time in Grand Slam history that three mothers advanced to the quarterfinals. She easily defeated Elise Mertens in the quarterfinals, and achieved her first ever Grand Slam victory over Serena Williams in three sets in the semifinals. She thus proceeded to a Grand Slam final for the first time since the 2013 US Open, where she lost to Osaka, despite leading by a set and a break. Despite the loss, Azarenka's ranking rose to No. 14, her highest ranking since January 2017.

Azarenka carried her good form into the clay court swing, which started the following week at the Italian Open, with victories over Venus Williams and reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin. The win over Kenin was the tenth double bagel in Azarenka's career, and her first on clay since 2011. After a third-round win due to Daria Kasatkina's retirement, she was defeated by Garbiñe Muguruza in the quarterfinals. However, at a cold and grey Roland-Garros, Azarenka was defeated in straight sets by Anna Karolina Schmeidlova in the second round, having courted attention in the previous round for leaving the court mid-match after complaining to tournament staff about the playing conditions.

At the end of the season, Azarenka entered the Ostrava Open as the 4th seed in singles. She reached the finals, but was defeated by Sabalenka in straight sets, in a final where she was struggling with a migraine.

2021: Tournament withdrawals, Late season resurgence, Masters WTA1000 final

In 2021, Azarenka first played at the Grampians Trophy, a tournament organised for players affected by the hard quarantine imposed upon those who travelled on flights that contained positive results for COVID-19. She defeated Yulia Putintseva in the second round, before withdrawing prior to her match in the quarterfinals against Anett Kontaveit. Azarenka disappointed at the Australian Open, losing in the first round to the unseeded Jessica Pegula.

At Doha, Azarenka defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova and Laura Siegemund in straight sets, before facing Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals. Azarenka was heavily afflicted by a lower back injury throughout this match, and this was reflected in her performance: her first serve peaked at 88 mph (142 km/h), and averaged 83 mph (134 km/h), her second serve averaged 70 mph (113 km/h), and her movement was hampered throughout. Despite this, Azarenka defeated Svitolina in straight sets. She withdrew before her match against eventual runner-up Garbiñe Muguruza. She withdrew from Dubai citing her back injury.

Her next tournament was the Miami Open. In receipt of a second round bye, she received a walkover from Laura Siegemund into the third round, due to a knee injury. In the third round, Azarenka recorded a straight sets victory over Angelique Kerber, before falling to world no. 1 and eventual champion Ashleigh Barty in the fourth round in three sets.

Azarenka started her clay season at Madrid, where she defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova, before withdrawing from her match against Jessica Pegula. At the French Open, she reached the fourth round only for the fifth time in her career, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova, Clara Tauson, and Madison Keys, before falling to eventual runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets.

At the Berlin Open, Azarenka reached the semifinals, defeating Andrea Petkovic, Angelique Kerber, and Jessica Pegula, before falling to the eventual champion, Liudmila Samsonova. Partnering compatriot Aryna Sabalenka, Azarenka won the doubles event at the same tournament, defeating the top seeded pair of Demi Schuurs and Nicole Melichar. At Bad Homburg, she defeated Yuliya Hatouka and Alizé Cornet, saving four match points in the process, before withdrawing from her match against Sara Sorribes Tormo. At Wimbledon, she defeated Kateryna Kozlova in the first round, before falling to Sorana Cîrstea, despite having a 3–1 lead in the third set.

At the 2021 National Bank Open in Canada she reached her first Masters WTA 1000 quarterfinal for the season. Seeded 18th at the US Open, Azarenka swept aside Tereza Martincová (6-4, 6-0), then squeaked past Jasmine Paolini (6-3, 7-6(1)) before falling to 9th seed Garbiñe Muguruza in three sets (4-6, 6-3, 2-6).

At the 2021 BNP Paribas Open she went one step further then in Canada, reaching the semifinals of the tournament for the fourth time in her career defeating again Jessica Pegula. In the semifinal she defeated Jelena Ostapenko to reach her third Indian Wells final, which she lost to Paula Badosa. Only two women have won more matches in Indian Wells overall: Lindsay Davenport (47) and Maria Sharapova (38). With 33 victories, Azarenka is in third place on the list.

Azarenka is an aggressive baseliner, who is known for hitting the ball hard, flat, and early on the rise. Due to her playing style, she typically hits large numbers of winners in any match; despite this, she hits fewer unforced errors than similarly aggressive players, as her game is built around controlled aggression. Despite hitting her groundstrokes with relentless depth and power, Azarenka aims to move her opponents around the court, counterpunching until she can create the opportunity to hit a low-risk winner. As such, she excels at redirecting power both crosscourt and down-the-line.

Azarenka's strongest groundstroke is her two-handed backhand, which she uses to dominate opponents on the court; she is widely considered to have one of the greatest backhands of all time. Her signature shot is her backhand down-the-line. Azarenka also possesses a strong forehand, with which she can rally effectively and hit winners, although her forehand is more vulnerable than her backhand; as such, players who are acquainted with her game target her forehand. Azarenka possesses a powerful first serve, which has been recorded as high as 111 mph (179 km/h), allowing her to serve aces. Despite her strong first serve, her second serve is known for its volatility; when nervous, Azarenka typically commits a significant number of double faults. Her inconsistencies on serve are balanced by her return game, with her being described as one of the greatest return players in the history of the WTA Tour. She is known for her ability to neutralise powerful first serves, and punish short second serves.

Azarenka is known for her movement, speed, court coverage, footwork, and balance, allowing her to blend offence and defence effectively, and to execute her aggressive, yet controlled playing style effectively. Despite typically playing from the baseline, Azarenka is a capable net player due to her doubles experience, and she is adept at attacking the net when the opportunity arises. Azarenka is known for her mental strength and competitive spirit, and was described by Sloane Stephens as a "tough competitor". Azarenka prefers to play on hard courts, where the regular bounce and moderate pace suit her aggressive, yet measured, playing style. Azarenka is commonly regarded as a hard court specialist, due to the fact that all but one of her 21 singles titles have been won on hard courts. Due to her strong two-handed backhand, exceptional return game, mental strength, and preference for hard courts, she has been compared to Novak Djokovic.

Azarenka is one of the most profitable stars in women's tennis. Azarenka is endorsed by Nike for clothing, footwear, and apparel, and is frequently featured in promotional material for the company. Red Bull entered into a deal with Azarenka in January 2013, making her the first tennis player sponsor for the beverage and sports investment giant. Throughout her career, Azarenka has been sponsored by numerous racquet companies: from the start of her junior career, up to 2012, she was sponsored by Head, and used the Head Extreme racquet. Between 2012 and 2017, she was sponsored by Wilson, using the Wilson Ultra 100 racquet. Upon her return to tennis after pregnancy in 2017, Azarenka signed an endorsement deal with Yonex for racquets, using the EZONE 100 racquet. She switched back to the Wilson Ultra 100 in 2018, although she was not under contract with the company; after her successful 2020 season, she became endorsed by Wilson once again. Other endorsement partners include American Express, Citizen Watch, and Six Star Pro Nutrition; she was also endorsed by the investment company Instaforex between 2013 and 2016. Citizen Watch manufactured an exclusive range of watches designed by Azarenka in 2013.

In August 2013, Azarenka was named the fourth highest paid female athlete in the world by Forbes magazine, with total earnings of $15.7 million between 2012–2013; her prize money constituted $6.7 million, whilst her growing endorsements equaled $9 million. Azarenka's $7.9 million prize money haul in 2012 was a single year record for a female athlete in any sport, and remains the sixth highest single year total earned in WTA history. With over $28.1 million in prize money, Azarenka is seventh on the list of all-time WTA prize money leaders.

Azarenka has had several coaches through the years. Between 2005 to 2009, she was coached by António van Grichen, and she was coached by Sam Sumyk from 2010–2015, with whom she won her two Grand Slam titles, and reached No. 1 in the world; their partnership finished after an injury plagued 2014 season. She was coached by Wim Fissette between 2015 and 2016, until she became pregnant, and, upon her return from pregnancy in 2017, she was coached by Michael Joyce. In November 2018, Azarenka reunited with Fissette until December 2019, when he became Naomi Osaka's coach. In February 2020, Azarenka announced Dorian Descloix as her new coach, and has experienced renewed success with Descloix, returning to the upper echelon of women's tennis. Azarenka split from Descloix in October 2021, instead choosing to work with Maxime Tchoutakian.

Throughout her career, Victoria Azarenka has established rivalries with other players on the WTA Tour. Her rivalries with Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are among the most significant on the WTA Tour, as all three players have met each other at least fifteen times.

Azarenka vs. Serena Williams

List of all matches

No. Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score V. A. S. W.
1. 2008 Australian Open Hard R32 Williams 6–3, 6–4 0 1
2. 2009 Australian Open Hard R16 Williams 3–6, 4–2 ret. 0 2
3. 2009 Miami Hard F Azarenka 6–3, 6–1 1 2
4. 2009 Wimbledon Grass QF Williams 6–2, 6–3 1 3
5. 2010 Australian Open Hard QF Williams 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–2 1 4
6. 2011 Toronto Hard SF Williams 6–3, 6–3 1 5
7. 2011 US Open Hard R32 Williams 6–1, 7–6(7–5) 1 6
8. 2012 Madrid Clay (blue) F Williams 6–1, 6–3 1 7
9. 2012 Wimbledon Grass SF Williams 6–3, 7–6(8–6) 1 8
10. 2012 Summer Olympics Grass SF Williams 6–1, 6–2 1 9
11. 2012 US Open Hard F Williams 6–2, 2–6, 7–5 1 10
12. 2012 WTA Finals Hard (i) RR Williams 6–4, 6–4 1 11
2013 Brisbane Hard SF Williams w/o 1 11
13. 2013 Doha Hard F Azarenka 7–6(8–6), 2–6, 6–3 2 11
14. 2013 Rome Clay F Williams 6–1, 6–3 2 12
15. 2013 Cincinnati Hard F Azarenka 2–6, 6–2, 7–6(8–6) 3 12
16. 2013 US Open Hard F Williams 7–5, 6–7(6–8), 6–1 3 13
17. 2014 Brisbane Hard F Williams 6–4, 7–5 3 14
18. 2015 Madrid Clay R16 Williams 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 7–6(7–1) 3 15
19. 2015 French Open Clay R32 Williams 3–6, 6–4, 6–2 3 16
20. 2015 Wimbledon Grass QF Williams 3–6, 6–2, 6–3 3 17
21. 2016 Indian Wells Hard F Azarenka 6–4, 6–4 4 17
22. 2019 Indian Wells Hard R64 Williams 7–5, 6–3 4 18
23. 2020 US Open Hard SF Azarenka 1–6, 6–3, 6–3 5 18

Victoria Azarenka's most notable rivalry is against Serena Williams. They have met 23 times, including eleven times in Grand Slams, with Serena Williams leading their head-to-head 18–5, 10–1 in Grand Slams, and 5–4 in finals. Their first meeting was at the 2008 Australian Open, with then-defending champion Williams winning in straight sets. Their next meeting would also be at the Australian Open, in the fourth round in 2009, and again Williams was victorious when the Belarusian was forced to retire due to illness, having won the first set but trailing 2–4 in the second. However,2+12 months later, Azarenka would achieve her first victory in the rivalry, defeating the American in straight sets in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open. Williams later won a quarterfinal match between the pair at Wimbledon on her way to winning that championship.

Once again the pair met at the Australian Open, in the 2010 quarterfinals. Azarenka had won the first set and was leading in the second set before Williams came back to win the three-set match, once again on her way to winning the title for the second consecutive year. Her dominance continued with straight-sets victories at the Rogers Cup and the US Open in 2011, both times coming after Williams' ranking had plummeted to world No. 175 following Wimbledon.

The rivalry reached its peak in 2012 with the pair meeting five times, with Serena Williams victorious on each occasion: the Madrid Masters final, the Wimbledon semifinals, the Olympics semifinals, the US Open final, described by many as the best match of the year on WTA, and in the round-robin stage of the year-end championships. They had been due to meet in the semifinals of the 2013 Brisbane International, before Azarenka was forced to withdraw due to a toe infection. At the Qatar Total Open, Azarenka scored just her second victory over Williams in a WTA Tour match, winning in the championship match in three sets. They next faced off on clay at 2013 Internazionali BNL d'Italia which Williams won in straight sets.

Azarenka's third victory over Williams came in the final of the Western and Southern Open; again, a third set was required to decide the outcome, and on this occasion a final-set tiebreak proved to be the difference. However, in a rematch of the previous year's final, Williams got her revenge, defeating Azarenka in the final of the US Open, which, like the previous year, also required a third set. Azarenka then lost to Williams again in the championship match of the Brisbane International early in 2014; this defeat marked Azarenka's first at the tournament.

The pair would not meet again until the 2015 Madrid Open some 16 months later; Azarenka lost a third round match against Williams in three sets despite holding three match points on her own serve in the final set. They then met in the third round of the 2015 French Open where Azarenka led by a set and a break before going on to lose 10 of the next 12 games. In the quarterfinals of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships, she once again was one set up on Williams, but proceeded to lose the match in three sets.

For their 21st meeting, they faced off in the final of the 2016 Indian Wells Open. Victoria earned her fourth win, becoming the first player to defeat Serena four times in a final. This was followed by another meeting in the second round of Indian Wells in 2019, which Serena won in two very tight sets.

In 2020, a resurgent Azarenka recorded her first victory against Williams in a Grand Slam, winning in three sets in the US Open semifinal.

Despite the lopsided record (18–5 in Williams' favor), many have said that Azarenka is the only player with the ability to consistently challenge Serena.

Azarenka vs. Bartoli

Azarenka and Marion Bartoli met 12 times between 2007 and 2012. Azarenka led the head-to-head 9–3 overall and 1–0 in the Grand Slams.

Azarenka dominated the early rivalry, winning the first six meetings between the pair, including in the second round of the 2007 Australian Open, the final of the 2009 Brisbane International and all four matches that eventuated in 2010. The win in Brisbane marked Azarenka's first success in a WTA Tour final, having previously lost three finals. Bartoli got her first win over Azarenka in Eastbourne in 2011, winning after Azarenka retired with injury. At the 2011 WTA Tour Championships, Bartoli qualified as a reserve for Maria Sharapova and in the only match she played, she upset Azarenka in three sets. The match had no meaning because Bartoli could not qualify for the semi-finals as Sharapova had lost her two matches and Azarenka had already qualified for the semi-finals.

The pair met three times in 2012, with Azarenka winning two of the matches. Bartoli's victory in the Miami quarterfinals was significant though, as it snapped Azarenka's 26-match winning streak to start the season. Bartoli won in straight sets to record what was at the time her third victory over a reigning world No. 1. Their last meeting was in the semi-finals of the China Open with Azarenka avenging the Miami loss on her way to winning the title.

Azarenka vs. Sharapova

List of all matches

No. Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score Length V. A. M. S.
1. 2007 Moscow Carpet R16 Azarenka 7–6(11–9), 6–2 1:49 1 0
2. 2009 Los Angeles Hard R32 Sharapova 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–2 2:32 1 1
3. 2009 Beijing Hard R32 Sharapova 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 7–5 2:56 1 2
4. 2010 Stanford Hard F Azarenka 6–4, 6–1 1:27 2 2
5. 2011 Miami Hard F Azarenka 6–1, 6–4 1:46 3 2
6. 2011 Rome Clay QF Sharapova 4–6, 3–0 RET 1:23 3 3
7. 2012 Australian Open Hard F Azarenka 6–3, 6–0 1:22 4 3
8. 2012 Indian Wells Hard F Azarenka 6–2, 6–3 1:26 5 3
9. 2012 Stuttgart Clay F Sharapova 6–1, 6–4 1:24 5 4
10. 2012 US Open Hard SF Azarenka 3–6, 6–2, 6–4 2:42 6 4
11. 2012 Beijing Hard F Azarenka 6–3, 6–1 1:27 7 4
12. 2012 Istanbul Hard SF Sharapova 6–4, 6–2 1:36 7 5
13. 2013 French Open Clay SF Sharapova 6–1, 2–6, 6–4 2:10 7 6
14. 2015 Indian Wells Hard R32 Sharapova 6–4, 6–3 1:52 7 7
15. 2015 Rome Clay QF Sharapova 6–3, 6–2 1:32 7 8

One of women's tennis most prominent rivalries during the 2010s was the one between Azarenka and Maria Sharapova. They met 15 times between 2007 and 2015. The head-to-head finished at 7–8 overall in Sharapova's favor, but Azarenka led 2–1 in the Grand Slams and 5–1 in finals. Together, they reigned as the top two women in the world from January 2012 to January 2013, except for a brief period in July and August when Agnieszka Radwańska was the world No. 2 behind Azarenka.

Azarenka won their first meeting in 2007, in the second round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Their first meeting in a WTA Tour final came at the 2010 Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, which Azarenka won for her first (and fourth career) title that year. Azarenka also defeated Sharapova in the Miami Masters final in 2011 to win her second title at that tournament.

The rivalry between the two players started to intensify in 2012, with six meetings between the pair that year, four of them being in finals. Azarenka won four of the six meetings that year, three of them in finals. Their most famous meeting occurred early that year, in the final of the 2012 Australian Open. This match had historical proportions as Azarenka would become the first player from her country to either win a Grand Slam singles title or become world No. 1, or Sharapova would win her second title at the tournament, having won in 2008. Ultimately, Azarenka won the match, beating Sharapova in straight sets in one hour and twenty-two minutes and in doing so claimed the world No. 1 ranking for the first time. Azarenka would defeat Sharapova in two further finals, at Indian Wells, in Beijing however Sharapova would prevail in the final of the 2012 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Their two non-finals were split, Azarenka winning at the US Open and Sharapova winning at the year-end championships.

The pair's only meeting in 2013 did not come until the semifinals of the French Open, where Sharapova won in three sets. This marked the first time Sharapova had beaten Azarenka at a Grand Slam, and improved to 3–0 against her on clay. Sharapova won their next meeting in the third round of the 2015 BNP Paribas Open in straight sets.

Azarenka vs. Li

List of all matches

No. Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score Length V.A. L.N.
1. 2008 Gold Coast Hard F Li 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 N/A 0 1
2. 2009 Tokyo Hard QF Li 7–6(9–7), 4–6, 7–6(7–4) N/A 0 2
3. 2010 Montreal Hard R16 Azarenka 6–3, 6–3 1:24 1 2
4. 2011 Australian Open Hard R16 Li 6–3, 6–3 N/A 1 3
5. 2011 French Open Clay QF Li 7–5, 6–2 N/A 1 4
6. 2011 Istanbul Hard RR Azarenka 6–2, 6–2 N/A 2 4
7. 2012 Sydney Hard F Azarenka 6–2, 1–6, 6–3 1:56 3 4
8. 2012 Madrid Clay QF Azarenka 3–6, 6–3, 6–3 1:54 4 4
9. 2012 Istanbul Hard RR Azarenka 7–6(7–4), 6–3 N/A 5 4
10. 2013 Australian Open Hard F Azarenka 4–6, 6–4, 6–3 2:40 6 4
11. 2013 Istanbul Hard RR Li 6–2, 6–1 N/A 6 5

Azarenka and Li Na met eleven times between 2008 and 2013. Azarenka led the head-to-head 6–5 overall, and 2–1 in championship matches (all of which reached a deciding set), but trailed 1–2 in Grand Slam matches.

Their first meeting was in the final of the 2008 Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts tournament (which has since been renamed as the Brisbane International), which Li Na won in three sets after Azarenka had won the first. Azarenka's first victory over Li was in the third round of the 2010 Rogers Cup. They met three times in 2011, two of which were at the Majors, with Li winning both times, before Azarenka won their third meeting at the 2011 WTA Tour Championships, en route to reaching the final.

They met a further three times in 2012, with Azarenka winning each time. They met in the final of the Sydney International, where Azarenka won in three sets after breaking the defending champion Li at 4–3 in the decider. Azarenka was also victorious in their meetings at Madrid and the year-end championships.

Their most notable meeting to date was in the final of the 2013 Australian Open. Both players entered the championship match with one Grand Slam title each (Azarenka who the 2012 Australian Open, whilst Li won the 2011 French Open), and in very good form, with Azarenka only dropping one set throughout her run and Li Na having not dropped a set and also having defeated two top four players (Agnieszka Radwańska and Maria Sharapova) en route. After Li Na won the first set, Azarenka stepped up her game as Li started to suffer multiple injuries, and eventually won in three sets to successfully defend her Australian Open title and become the first world No. 1 to win a Major since Serena Williams won Wimbledon in 2010.

Azarenka lost the pair's last meeting in straight sets at the 2013 WTA Tour Championships, playing through a back injury and winning just three games in the process.

Grand Slam performance timelines

Key
W F SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Singles

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L Win%
Australian Open 1R 3R 3R 4R QF 4R W W QF 4R QF A A 1R A 1R 2 / 13 39–11 78%
French Open 1R 1R 4R QF 1R QF 4R SF A 3R 1R A 1R 2R 2R 4R 0 / 14 26–14 65%
Wimbledon 1R 3R 3R QF 3R SF SF 2R 2R QF A 4R 2R 3R NH 2R 0 / 14 33–13 72%
US Open 3R 4R 3R 3R 2R 3R F F QF QF A A 3R 1R F 3R 0 / 14 42–14 75%
Win–Loss 2–4 7–4 9–4 13–4 7–4 14–4 21–3 19–2 9–3 13–4 4–2 3–1 3–3 3–4 7–2 6–4 2 / 55 140–52 73%

Doubles

This table is current up to the 2021 Australian Open.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 ... 2018 2019 2020 2021 W–L
Australian Open A F 3R 3R F A 2R A A 15–4
French Open 1R QF F 2R QF A 3R A A 14–6
Wimbledon 2R QF 3R 1R A A 3R NH A 8–3
US Open 1R 1R 2R A A 2R F 2R A 8–6
Win–Loss 1–3 11–4 10–3 3–3 8–2 1–1 10–2 1–1 0–0 45–19

Mixed Doubles

This table is current up to the 2021 Australian Open.

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 ... 2012 ... 2017 2018 ... 2021 SR W–L Win%
Australian Open A F 1R A A A A 0 / 2 4–2 67%
French Open A 1R W A A A A 1 / 2 5–1 83%
Wimbledon A 1R A 3R 1R F A 0 / 4 7–4 64%
US Open 2R W A A A A A 1 / 2 6–1 86%
Win–Loss 1–1 9–3 5–1 2–1 0–1 5–1 0–0 2 / 10 22–8 73%

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 2012 Australian Open Hard Maria Sharapova 6–3, 6–0
Loss 2012 US Open Hard Serena Williams 2–6, 6–2, 5–7
Win 2013 Australian Open (2) Hard Li Na 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Loss 2013 US Open Hard Serena Williams 5–7, 7–6(8–6), 1–6
Loss 2020 US Open Hard Naomi Osaka 6–1, 3–6, 3–6

Doubles: 4 (4 runner-ups)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2008 Australian Open Hard Shahar Pe'er Alona Bondarenko
Kateryna Bondarenko
6–2, 1–6, 4–6
Loss 2009 French Open Clay Elena Vesnina Anabel Medina Garrigues
Virginia Ruano Pascual
1–6, 1–6
Loss 2011 Australian Open Hard Maria Kirilenko Gisela Dulko
Flavia Pennetta
6–2, 5–7, 1–6
Loss 2019 US Open Hard Ashleigh Barty Elise Mertens
Aryna Sabalenka
5–7, 5–7

Mixed doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2007 Australian Open Hard Max Mirnyi Elena Likhovtseva
Daniel Nestor
4–6, 4–6
Win 2007 US Open Hard Max Mirnyi Meghann Shaughnessy
Leander Paes
6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Win 2008 French Open Clay Bob Bryan Katarina Srebotnik
Nenad Zimonjić
6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 2018 Wimbledon Grass Jamie Murray Nicole Melichar
Alexander Peya
6–7(1–7), 3–6
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Victoria Azarenka Language Watch Edit In this Eastern Slavic naming convention the patronymic is Fyodarauna and the family name is Azarenka Victoria Fyodarauna Azarenka Belarusian Viktoryya Fyodarayna Azaranka Russian Viktoriya Fyodorovna Azarenko born 31 July 1989 is a Belarusian professional tennis player Azarenka is a former world No 1 in singles having claimed the top ranking for the first time on 30 January 2012 She was the year end No 1 in 2012 and has held the top ranking for a combined total of 51 weeks Azarenka has won 21 WTA singles titles including two Grand Slam singles titles at the 2012 and 2013 Australian Open becoming the first Belarusian player male or female to win a Grand Slam tournament singles title Azarenka is also a three time major finalist at the US Open finishing runner up to Serena Williams in both 2012 and 2013 and to Naomi Osaka in 2020 Her other important singles achievements include winning six Premier Mandatory tournaments including the Sunshine Double in 2016 four Premier 5 tournaments and the singles bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as well as being the runner up at the 2011 WTA Finals to Petra Kvitova reaching three additional Grand Slam singles semifinals Wimbledon in 2011 and 2012 and the French Open in 2013 and an additional nine major quarterfinal appearances She finished with a year end top 10 singles ranking for five consecutive years between 2009 and 2013 Victoria AzarenkaAzarenka at the 2019 French OpenFull nameVictoria Fyodarauna AzarenkaNative nameViktoryya Fyodarayna Azaranka Viktoryja Fiodaraŭna AzarankaCountry sports BelarusResidenceBoca Raton Florida United StatesBorn 1989 07 31 31 July 1989 age 32 Minsk Byelorussian SSR Soviet UnionHeight1 83 m 6 ft 0 in Turned pro2003PlaysRight handed two handed backhand CoachMaxime Tchoutakian October 2021 present Prize moneyUS 33 127 438 1 7th in all time rankingsSinglesCareer record547 212 72 1 Career titles21Highest rankingNo 1 30 January 2012 Current rankingNo 27 1 November 2021 Grand Slam Singles resultsAustralian OpenW 2012 2013 French OpenSF 2013 WimbledonSF 2011 2012 US OpenF 2012 2013 2020 Other tournamentsTour FinalsF 2011 Olympic GamesSF Bronze 2012 DoublesCareer record172 68 71 7 Career titles9Highest rankingNo 7 7 July 2008 Current rankingNo 156 18 October 2021 Grand Slam Doubles resultsAustralian OpenF 2008 2011 French OpenF 2009 WimbledonQF 2008 US OpenF 2019 Mixed doublesCareer titles3Grand Slam Mixed Doubles resultsAustralian OpenF 2007 French OpenW 2008 WimbledonF 2018 US OpenW 2007 Other mixed doubles tournamentsOlympic GamesW 2012 Team competitionsFed Cup21 5Medal record Representing BelarusOlympic Games2012 London Mixed Doubles2012 London SinglesLast updated on 4 October 2021 Azarenka on Belarus postage stamp Azarenka has also been successful in doubles winning nine WTA doubles titles including two Premier Mandatory and two Premier 5 titles reaching four Grand Slam finals in women s doubles and reaching a career high ranking of No 7 in the world on 7 July 2008 She has also won three mixed doubles titles two being Grand Slam titles at the 2007 US Open with compatriot Max Mirnyi and the 2008 French Open with Bob Bryan and the third being the Olympic gold medal in mixed doubles at the 2012 London Olympics with Mirnyi 2 3 4 Contents 1 Personal life 2 Tennis career 2 1 Early career 2 2 Junior Grand Slam finals 2 2 1 Singles 2 2 titles 2 2 2 Doubles 4 4 titles 2 3 2006 First Grand Slam win and third round 2 4 2007 First WTA final 2 5 2008 Australian Open final in doubles 2 6 2009 Miami Open title French Open final in doubles and top 10 debut 2 7 2010 Steady ranking 2 8 2011 Miami Open title WTA Tour Championships final 2 9 2012 First Major title two Olympic medals and world No 1 2 10 2013 Second Australian Open title and US Open runner up 2 11 2014 15 Injuries and struggle 2 12 2016 Sunshine Double re entry into top 5 injuries and pregnancy hiatus 2 13 2017 Return to tour then custody battle 2 14 2018 Return to top 100 Wimbledon mixed doubles final 2 15 2019 US Open doubles final Return to top 50 2 16 2020 Return to form first title since 2016 first Grand Slam final since 2013 Return to top 15 2 17 2021 Tournament withdrawals Late season resurgence Masters WTA1000 final 3 Playing style 4 Endorsements and earnings 5 Coaching 6 Rivalries 6 1 Azarenka vs Serena Williams 6 2 Azarenka vs Bartoli 6 3 Azarenka vs Sharapova 6 4 Azarenka vs Li 7 Career statistics 7 1 Grand Slam performance timelines 7 1 1 Singles 7 1 2 Doubles 7 1 3 Mixed Doubles 7 2 Grand Slam finals 7 2 1 Singles 5 2 titles 3 runner ups 7 2 2 Doubles 4 4 runner ups 7 2 3 Mixed doubles 4 2 titles 2 runner ups 8 See also 9 References 10 External linksPersonal life EditOn 31 July 1989 Azarenka was born in Minsk Byelorussian SSR Soviet Union to Alla and Fyodor Azarenka in a middle class family She has an elder brother Max Her tennis idol is German former player Steffi Graf In an interview Azarenka stated Graf s Calendar Golden Slam in 1988 is my biggest motivation 5 At age 15 Azarenka moved full time to Scottsdale Arizona United States from Minsk Belarus to train and live In this she was aided by National Hockey League goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and his wife who is a friend of Azarenka s mother 6 In 2012 she became registered in Monaco but in August 2013 she purchased a large ocean overlooking house as her principal residence where she lives in Manhattan Beach California 7 Azarenka is fluent in Belarusian Russian and English and has some fluency in French and Ukrainian Azarenka dated American musician Redfoo between late 2012 and early 2014 Azarenka has spoken openly about her experience of depression during her injury induced absence from professional tennis in 2014 8 Azarenka and former boyfriend Billy McKeague have one son Leo born 19 December 2016 9 Immediately after 2017 Wimbledon they split and became involved in a custody case for their son in Los Angeles which began in August 2017 Azarenka then withdrew from the remaining 2017 tournaments In January 2018 a tabloid news website reported that Azarenka had won an early round of the U S custody proceedings where a Los Angeles County judge ruled that the custody case of McKeague and Azarenka s U S born son should not take place in Los Angeles County but in Belarus In April 2018 Azarenka returned to the tour competing in Europe in the Madrid Open the Italian Open and later the French Open 10 11 In December 2018 California Courts of Appeal ruled that Los Angeles County Superior Court has jurisdiction over their child custody case overturning the initial Los Angeles County Superior Court Belarus jurisdiction decision 12 13 Tennis career EditEarly career Edit Azarenka debuted on the ITF Junior Circuit in November 2003 in Israel winning one doubles title with countrywoman Olga Govortsova 14 At Wimbledon Azarenka reached the semifinals of the girls competition only to be defeated by eventual runner up Ana Ivanovic despite having two match points in the marathon third set She continued to participate in ITF tournaments in 2004 and at the end of the season she had a singles rank of 508 on the WTA Tour 15 Azarenka had a successful year in 2005 winning two junior Grand Slams the Australian she would eventually win the seniors competition in 2012 and 2013 16 and US 17 championships She ended the season as the junior world No 1 and was named the 2005 World Champion by the ITF becoming the first Belarusian to do so 18 19 In addition she reached her first semifinal on the main tour in Guangzhou China She went from the qualifying draw of the tournament to the main draw where she defeated Martina Sucha and Peng Shuai before losing to the eventual champion Yan Zi Junior Slam results Australian Open W 2005 French Open Wimbledon SF 2004 2005 US Open W 2005 Junior Grand Slam finals Edit Singles 2 2 titles Edit Result Year Championship Surface Opponent ScoreWin 2005 Australian Open Hard Agnes Szavay 6 2 6 2Win 2005 US Open Hard Alexa Glatch 6 3 6 4Doubles 4 4 titles Edit Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents ScoreWin 2004 Wimbledon Grass Olga Govortsova Marina Erakovic Monica Niculescu 6 4 3 6 6 4Win 2005 Australian Open Hard Marina Erakovic Nikola Frankova Agnes Szavay 6 0 6 2Win 2005 French Open Clay Agnes Szavay Raluca Ioana Olaru Amina Rakhim 4 6 6 4 6 0Win 2005 Wimbledon 2 Grass Agnes Szavay Marina Erakovic Monica Niculescu 6 7 5 7 6 2 6 02006 First Grand Slam win and third round Edit In February 2006 in Memphis Azarenka defeated her first top 20 player Nicole Vaidisova 20 21 and defeated her second top 30 player in Jelena Jankovic at Miami that same year 22 On clay Azarenka pushed 2004 French Open champion Anastasia Myskina to a third set in Rome and took clay court specialist Anabel Medina Garrigues to 9 7 in the third set in the first round at Roland Garros At the 2006 Wimbledon Championships Azarenka lost in 1st round to 2005 Junior Wimbledon and 2006 Junior French Open Champion and Wildcard Agnieszka Radwanska At the 2006 US Open she had her first win over Myskina in the first round and lost to Anna Chakvetadze in the third round her best result in a Grand Slam event to that date In her next tournament Azarenka reached her second pro level semifinal in Tashkent losing to Sun Tiantian She finished the year reaching the final of an ITF event in Pittsburgh losing to Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak 23 2007 First WTA final Edit Ranked world No 96 Azarenka began the year by playing two tournaments in Australia She lost in the second round of qualifying at the Moorilla Hobart International At the Australian Open Azarenka reached the third round of a Grand Slam singles tournament for the second consecutive time where she lost to world No 11 Jelena Jankovic in straight sets She was upset in the first round of the French Open by Karin Knapp of Italy and at Wimbledon she lost in the third round to 14th seeded Nicole Vaidisova At the US Open Azarenka upset former world No 1 Martina Hingis in the third round before 2004 US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova beat her in the fourth round In mixed doubles Azarenka and countryman Max Mirnyi won the title defeating Meghann Shaughnessy and Leander Paes 24 She ended her year at the Tier I Kremlin Cup in Moscow where she defeated world No 4 Maria Sharapova in the second round in their first meeting 25 She then lost to the eventual winner of the tournament world No 14 Elena Dementieva in the quarterfinal At the same tournament Azarenka and her doubles partner Tatiana Poutchek also of Belarus lost in the final to the world No 3 team of Liezel Huber and Cara Black in three sets Azarenka s results at the Kremlin Cup elevated her rankings to career highs of world No 27 in singles and world No 29 in doubles 2008 Australian Open final in doubles Edit Azarenka began the year at the Australian Women s Hardcourts tournament in Gold Coast Unseeded she reached the semifinals where she beat fifth seeded Shahar Pe er of Israel Azarenka s sixth top 20 victory In her third career WTA Tour final she lost to Li Na but the points she earned in this tournament were enough to improve her ranking to a career best world No 25 Azarenka at 2008 Wimbledon Azarenka was seeded 26th at the Australian Open This was her first appearance as a seeded player in a Grand Slam singles tournament She showed no ill effects from a leg injury while winning her first two matches but lost in the third round to seventh seeded defending champion and future rival Serena Williams In doubles Azarenka and her partner Pe er were seeded 12th They made it to the finals before losing to the unseeded team of Kateryna and Alona Bondarenko Azarenka entered the French Open as the form player of the clay court season having reached the semifinals in Berlin and the quarterfinals in Rome Seeded 16th she won her first three matches in straight sets for the loss of only six games In the second round she defeated Sorana Cirstea of Romania before defeating 18th seeded and future French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy in the third round 26 She then lost to fourth seeded Kuznetsova in the fourth round Azarenka teamed with American Bob Bryan to win the mixed doubles title at the French Open defeating the top seeded team of Katarina Srebotnik and Nenad Zimonjic in the final At Wimbledon Azarenka was seeded 16th in singles and 6th in doubles with Pe er In singles Azarenka was defeated by 21st seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia in the third round in two close tiebreaks In doubles Azarenka and Pe er reached the quarterfinals where they lost to the top seeded team of Cara Black and Liezel Huber At the Olympic tennis tournament in Beijing Azarenka lost to Venus Williams in the third round Azarenka was seeded 14th at the US Open but was defeated by 21st seed Caroline Wozniacki in the third round 2009 Miami Open title French Open final in doubles and top 10 debut Edit Azarenka began the year at the Brisbane International as the second seed She defeated Kateryna Bondarenko Jarmila Groth Lucie Safarova and Sara Errani all in straight sets to reach her fifth career final In the final Azarenka defeated third seed Marion Bartoli to win her first WTA career title Azarenka was seeded 13th at the Australian Open She advanced to the fourth round for the first time winning the first set against world No 2 Serena Williams before she was forced to retire because of heat stress Azarenka competing at the 2009 French Open At the Cellular South Cup in Memphis Azarenka was seeded second She won her second WTA title by beating her doubles partner and top seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the final Afterwards Wozniacki and Azarenka won the doubles title beating Michaella Krajicek and Yuliana Fedak in the final At the BNP Paribas Open Azarenka was seeded 8th and reached the semifinals where she lost to her doubles partner and eventual champion Vera Zvonareva Because of her performance at this tournament Azarenka improved her singles ranking to a career best world No 10 27 She is the second woman from Belarus ever to be ranked that high following Natasha Zvereva who was ranked world No 5 in the late 1980s 27 At the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne Florida Azarenka was seeded 11th She defeated world No 1 and two time defending champion Serena Williams in the final in straight sets This was Azarenka s first Tier I or Premier Mandatory event title Azarenka also became the sixth teenage female singles champion in the history of this tournament with the others being Steffi Graf Monica Seles Martina Hingis Venus Williams and Gabriela Sabatini 28 By winning this tournament Azarenka s ranking increased to a new career high of world No 8 Her next tournament was on clay at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart Germany where she lost to Gisela Dulko in the second round At the Italian Open Azarenka lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semifinals At Roland Garros Azarenka was seeded ninth She ousted defending champion Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round and advanced to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal where she fell to top seed Dinara Safina in three sets With her partner Elena Vesnina Azarenka made the final of the ladies doubles at Roland Garros In the final they lost to the Spanish pairing of Garrigues and Ruano Pascual She withdrew from her first match at the Aegon International the warm up for Wimbledon citing a hip injury Azarenka was seeded eighth at Wimbledon She fell to second seed and eventual winner Serena Williams in the quarterfinals 29 Receiving a bye in the first round at the Los Angeles Azarenka fell to Maria Sharapova In Cincinnati Azarenka lost to Jelena Jankovic in the third round committing 11 double faults At the Rogers Cup in Toronto she was seeded ninth She lost to returning Kim Clijsters in the second round At the US Open Azarenka was seeded eighth She fell to Francesca Schiavone in the third round Seeded eighth at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo she lost to Li Na in the quarterfinals in a third set tiebreak giving up a 5 1 lead in the first set In her next tournament the China Open Azarenka was seeded ninth She lost in the second round to recent Tokyo champion Maria Sharapova while serving for the match twice She intended to play the Kremlin Cup in Moscow but she withdrew At the year end Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha Azarenka vanquished Jelena Jankovic in her first round robin match 30 In her second match however Azarenka was defeated by Caroline Wozniacki Azarenka failed to convert a match point in the final set in which she led by a break on four occasions Azarenka also conceded her serve at 5 5 to leave Wozniacki serving for the match after receiving a point penalty for racket abuse Due to her loss to Wozniacki Azarenka had to defeat second alternate Agnieszka Radwanska to qualify for the semifinals She led with a double break before going on to lose nine of the next ten games eventually conceding the match after severe cramping in the third set forced her to retire while trailing in the third set 31 Azarenka ended the year ranked world No 7 with a 45 15 win loss record having won three titles and qualified for the year end championships for the first time in her career On 15 December Azarenka split with long time coach Antonio van Grichen 2010 Steady ranking Edit Azarenka began the season at the Hong Kong Tennis Classic exhibition She was part of Team Europe along with Caroline Wozniacki and Stefan Edberg In her first match she defeated Gisela Dulko The match was played best of one set due to rain She withdrew from her remaining matches due to illness She was seeded sixth at the Medibank International She won her first three matches but in the semifinals she fell to fifth seed Elena Dementieva At the Australian Open she was seeded seventh In the fourth round against ninth seed Vera Zvonareva she rallied to win but lost to Serena Williams in the quarterfinal Azarenka was up a set and four games before Williams came back to win in three sets 32 This was the third consecutive year she has lost to Williams at this tournament Seeded fourth at the Dubai Tennis Championships on her way to the final she defeated Vera Zvonareva in the quarterfinals and Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals In the final she lost to defending champion Venus Williams At the BNP Paribas Open she was seeded third but was upset in the third round by Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez At the Sony Ericsson Open where she was the defending champion and fourth seed she lost in fourth round to 14th seed and eventual champion Kim Clijsters This was the fourth match in the five tournaments this year that Azarenka lost to eventual champions At the Andalucia Tennis Experience she was the top seed but had to retire in her quarterfinal match against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez due to a left thigh injury Seeded third at the Family Circle Cup she had to retire from her first match while leading against qualifier Christina McHale At the Porsche Grand Prix she was upset in the second round by qualifier Anna Lapushchenkova who was ranked No 138 at the time At the Italian Open as the ninth seed Azarenka was defeated by Ana Ivanovic As the tenth seed at the Madrid Open Azarenka retired from her first round match against Peng Shuai with a groin injury At the 2010 French Open coming back from injury Azarenka was defeated in the first round by unseeded Gisela Dulko As she reached the quarterfinals in 2009 this loss caused Azarenka to drop to world No 15 Azarenka was unseeded at the Aegon International Still struggling with injuries Azarenka fell to qualifier Ekaterina Makarova in the final Azarenka at the 2010 US Open Azarenka was seeded 14th at Wimbledon She lost to eventual semifinalist Petra Kvitova in the third round The defeat dropped Azarenka to world No 18 as she was defending quarterfinal points from 2009 I don t know I just don t like to look for excuses you know the lights the fans I don t know everything To me I m just very disappointed with the way I played Victoria Azarenka after her first round loss to Ana Ivanovic in Cincinnati 33 To begin the summer hard court season Azarenka competed in the Bank of the West Classic as a wild card and eighth seed Azarenka defeated Maria Sharapova in the final after defeating top seed Samantha Stosur in the semifinals to win her first title since April 2009 The win propelled Azarenka to world No 12 Despite being the favourite to win the Mercury Insurance Open Azarenka withdrew to recover from a right shoulder injury Seeded ninth at the Western amp Southern Open Azarenka was stunned in the first round by world No 62 Ana Ivanovic despite serving for the match twice in the second set and being within two points of victory on Ivanovic s serve 33 it was Azarenka s second defeat by Ivanovic in 2010 However she won the doubles title partnering with Maria Kirilenko defeating Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs 1 September 2010 daytime at the US Open during her second round against Gisela Dulko Azarenka collapsed on the court There were concerns that the cause of the fall was heat related Azarenka was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was diagnosed with a concussion after hitting her head whilst warming up before the match during a sprint exercise 34 35 Azarenka won only seven Grand Slam matches for the entire year matching her 2007 tally At the Pan Pacific Open she lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals in three sets Azarenka re entered the top 10 after this run At the China Open Azarenka retired in her second round match to Timea Bacsinszky At the Kremlin Cup Azarenka as the second seed defeated Maria Kirilenko in the final coming back from 4 0 down in the second set to win her fifth career title Azarenka s performance in Moscow qualified her for the year end Tour Championships where she was in the White Group as the eighth seed In her first round robin match Azarenka lost to Vera Zvonareva and then lost to Kim Clijsters in her second match This assured that she did not qualify for the semifinals In her final match of the tournament and season she defeated Jankovic for the second year in a row Azarenka ended the year as world No 10 her second consecutive year end top 10 finish Azarenka then took part in a charitable exhibition match in mid November with Caroline Wozniacki beating the Dane at the Sports Palace in her hometown of Minsk 2011 Miami Open title WTA Tour Championships final Edit Azarenka began her year at the Medibank International as the seventh seed where she lost to Kim Clijsters in the quarterfinals At the 2011 Australian Open Azarenka was seeded eighth She lost to the ninth seed and eventual finalist Li Na in the fourth round Azarenka partnered with Maria Kirilenko in the women s doubles event but the pair lost to Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta in the final Azarenka then travelled to Israel to compete in Fed Cup Belarus beat Croatia Austria and Greece in the group stage without losing a match The Belarusian team then defeated Poland 2 0 to qualify for the World Group II play Offs in April where they played Estonia Azarenka playing at the 2011 Australian Open Azarenka s next tournament was the Dubai Championships where she was seeded seventh She lost to Flavia Pennetta in the third round Azarenka then competed at the Qatar Open as the sixth seed but lost to Daniela Hantuchova in the first round in three sets Azarenka s next event was the BNP Paribas Open where she competed as the eighth seed She retired in the quarterfinals against world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki whilst trailing 0 3 due to a left leg injury She also became the second person to defeat both Radwanska sisters in the same tournament Azarenka then competed at the Sony Ericsson Open as the eighth seed She reached her second final at the event where she defeated sixteenth seed Maria Sharapova to win the title At the Andalucia Tennis Experience Azarenka was the top seed and dropped only fourteen games on her way to the final She defeated Irina Camelia Begu in the final Azarenka s victory and Sam Stosur s inability to defend her points at Charleston ensured that Azarenka would reach a career high of world No 5 She then participated in Belarus 5 0 win over Estonia in the Fed Cup In her next tournament the Porsche Grand Prix Azarenka retired after winning the first set of her first match ending her 12 match winning streak At the Madrid Masters Azarenka was seeded fourth She lost in the final in straight sets to Petra Kvitova but still rose to a career high world No 4 Azarenka then reached the quarterfinals of the Internazionali BNL d Italia in Rome where she was up a set before retiring to eventual champion Maria Sharapova Azarenka at the 2011 Rogers Cup Azarenka was the fourth seed at the French Open She beat Andrea Hlavackova in the first round Pauline Parmentier in the second round 30th seed Roberta Vinci in the third round and Ekaterina Makarova in the fourth round to reach her fourth career Grand Slam quarterfinal She lost to Li Na in the quarterfinals Azarenka was the fourth seed at Wimbledon She beat 25th seed Daniela Hantuchova in a three set third round match before beating Nadia Petrova She followed that up with an easy victory over Tamira Paszek advancing to the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the first time Azarenka was beaten by Czech player and eventual champion Petra Kvitova going down in three sets Her next tournament was the Bank of the West Classic where she was the defending champion and top seed Azarenka was ousted by 124th ranked Marina Erakovic from New Zealand in the second round Despite her horrible match in singles Azarenka claimed the doubles title with partner Kirilenko The next tournament Azarenka played was the Rogers Cup where she was seeded fourth After a bye Azarenka crushed Stephanie Dubois Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and Galina Voskoboeva before being stopped by Serena Williams in the semifinals Azarenka reached the doubles final with Kirilenko but the team was forced to withdraw because of a hand injury to Azarenka Azarenka pulled out of the Western amp Southern Open with the same injury Azarenka s next tournament was the US Open where she was seeded fourth She made it to the third round where she was defeated by 28th seed and eventual runner up Serena Williams 36 Despite the early loss she reached a new career high of No 3 in the world Azarenka reached the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open losing to eventual champion Agnieszka Radwanska In doing so she qualified for the year end championships in Istanbul The Belarusian participated in the China Open the last of the four mandatory events for 2011 as the second seed She defeated Polona Hercog in the second round after receiving a first round bye She then withdrew from the tournament citing a right foot strain Azarenka would win her third title of the year at the Luxembourg Open defeating Monica Niculescu in the final 37 Azarenka was placed in the White Group at the Tour Championships She beat Samantha Stosur and Li Na in her first two Round Robin matches She secured the move to the semifinals despite her loss in three sets to Marion Bartoli a substitute for Maria Sharapova She then beat Vera Zvonareva to move to the final where she lost to Petra Kvitova in three sets 38 2012 First Major title two Olympic medals and world No 1 Edit Azarenka claimed her first title of the season at the Apia International Sydney as the third seed She defeated her first three opponents Stefanie Vogele Jelena Jankovic and Marion Bartoli all in straight sets to advance to the semifinals where she defeated the seventh seed Agnieszka Radwanska in three sets to reach the final She went on to win against the defending champion Li Na in three sets 39 Azarenka competed at the Australian Open as the third seed defeating Heather Watson Casey Dellacqua Mona Barthel and Iveta Benesova in the first four rounds without dropping a set In the quarterfinals Azarenka faced a sterner test against world No 8 Agnieszka Radwanska but won in three sets 40 She then defeated the eleventh seed and defending champion Kim Clijsters 41 to reach her first Major singles final where she faced the world No 4 Maria Sharapova After a nervous start Azarenka proceeded to win the last nine games to win the title 42 Azarenka recorded her first Grand Slam singles title and became the world No 1 with effect from 30 January 2012 in the same match Her first tournament as world number one was the Qatar Open She won her third title of the year in Doha defeating Sam Stosur in the final Azarenka planned to compete at the Dubai Championships However after a bye in the first round she withdrew from the tournament due to an ankle injury In March she played in the BNP Paribas Open where she was the top seed In a re run of the 2012 Australian Open decider her opponent in the final was world No 2 Maria Sharapova and once again Azarenka won in straight sets thus extending her undefeated record in 2012 to 23 0 Azarenka s 26 match win streak ended in the quarters of the Sony Ericsson Open in a straight set loss against Marion Bartoli Azarenka won an Olympic bronze medal during the 2012 Summer Olympics She and Max Mirnyi also won the mixed doubles gold beating Britain s Laura Robson and Andy Murray In April she competed at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Making it to the semifinals she faced Agnieszka Radwanska and won comfortably in straight sets This win meant she had beaten Radwanska in all five matches against her this year Azarenka would then face world No 2 Maria Sharapova in the final where she fell in straight sets Azarenka then competed at the Madrid Open She made it to the finals but was beaten easily in by Serena Williams in straight sets The result gave Azarenka only her third defeat of the year Azarenka s next tournament was the Internazionali BNL d Italia she advanced to the third round quite easily but then withdrew from the tournament due to a right shoulder strain and avoided a third round clash with Dominika Cibulkova At the French Open she defeated Alberta Brianti Dinah Pfizenmaier and Alexandra Wozniak respectively to qualify for the fourth round However in the fourth round she lost in straight sets against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 43 As a result she lost her world No 1 ranking to eventual Roland Garros champion Maria Sharapova Azarenka then competed at Wimbledon winning her first four matches in straight sets She then defeated Tamira Paszek in the quarterfinals also in straight sets before losing to Serena Williams for the 6th straight time in the semifinal bringing their head to head 8 1 in Serena s favour 44 Nonetheless she regained the world No 1 ranking after the tournament due to Sharapova s loss in the fourth round Later in the month Azarenka took part in the 2012 Summer Olympics tennis event held at the All England Club in Wimbledon London She entered two events playing in both the women s singles and the mixed doubles alongside ATP doubles world No 1 Max Mirnyi In singles Azarenka won her first four matches all in straight sets before falling in the semifinals losing for the third time of the season and the ninth time overall to eventual Gold Medallist Serena Williams Azarenka rebounded by winning the bronze medal match over Maria Kirilenko in straight sets earning the first ever Olympic medal in tennis for Belarus 45 Azarenka got her first Gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics on 5 August 2012 with Max Mirnyi for Belarus defeating Andy Murray and Laura Robson of Great Britain in a tiebreak 46 Azarenka reached the quarterfinals for the first time at the 2012 US Open winning her first four matches in straight sets for the loss of only ten games There she faced defending champion Samantha Stosur and eliminated her from the tournament in a two and a half hour three set thriller which was decided by a final set tiebreak 47 Azarenka then faced former US Open champion and world No 3 Maria Sharapova in the semifinal Azarenka was able to come through the match after being a set down In the final she faced former US Open champion and world No 4 Serena Williams losing for the eighth consecutive time despite serving for the match in the third set 48 Following her loss Azarenka was applauded by many in the tennis community for the honesty and gratitude she demonstrated during the trophy ceremony as well as her press conference afterwards In mid September Azarenka played an exhibition match against Dominika Cibulkova in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam 49 winning the match in straight sets 50 Azarenka then played at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo where in the quarters she retired from the tournament due to dizziness She then played the China Open advancing to the quarterfinals without dropping a set There she defeated Romina Oprandi and then eased past Marion Bartoli en route to the finals The finals was set for another top 2 seeded match as it was Azarenka facing world No 2 Maria Sharapova for the fifth time of the year Azarenka was able to win the match comfortably The win gave Azarenka her second Premier Mandatory title of the year and fifth overall title of the year Azarenka then played at the Generali Ladies Linz where she advanced to the semifinals without dropping a set In the semis she faced Irina Camelia Begu winning easily In the finals she faced Germany s Julia Gorges and won the match in straight sets tying Serena with six titles for the year Azarenka s final tournament of the year was the WTA Tour Championships where she was drawn in the red group along with world No 3 Serena Williams world No 5 Angelique Kerber and world No 8 Li Na In match one she beat Kerber but was subsequently beaten by Serena Williams In her final round robin match she beat Li Na ensuring her Year End No 1 ranking As the runner up of her group Azarenka faced White Group winner Maria Sharapova in the semifinals After clinching the world number one spot in her previous match against Li she seemed physically drained to compete well and lost to Sharapova in two sets Azarenka set a new record for single season prize money in 2012 earning 7 9 million She also finished the season with a 69 10 win loss record and six titles losing five of those matches to Serena Williams two to Maria Sharapova one to Marion Bartoli one to Dominika Cibulkova and the remaining loss coming on a retirement to Tamira Paszek 2013 Second Australian Open title and US Open runner up Edit Main article 2013 Victoria Azarenka tennis season Victoria Azarenka began her 2013 season at the Brisbane International in what was her first appearance at the tournament since winning the title in 2009 She was able to reach the semi finals however had to withdraw from her scheduled match against Serena Williams due to a toe infection 47 Azarenka defended the title at the Australian Open beating Li Na in three sets in the championship match 48 Her passage to the final included a first round win against Monica Niculescu a second round win against Eleni Daniilidou a three set win against rising American star Jamie Hampton a fourth round win against Elena Vesnina a quarterfinal win against Svetlana Kuznetsova and a semifinal win against Sloane Stephens where she took a controversial 10 minute medical timeout citing exaggerated injuries blaming breathing difficulties and stress 49 Her next tournament was the Qatar Total Open where she was the defending champion She advanced to the semifinals with easy wins over Romina Oprandi Christina McHale Sara Errani and Agnieszka Radwanska In the final Azarenka faced Serena Williams and defeated her in three sets successfully defending her title and beating Williams for the first time since 2009 50 In her next event at the Premier Mandatory Indian Wells Open Azarenka the defending champion opened well against two time Indian Wells winner Daniela Hantuchova Against 28th seed Kirsten Flipkens Azarenka dropped the first set and was three games from losing in the second set Azarenka however won twelve straight points to clinch the second set and went on to win the third set easily In the Round of 16 Azarenka defeated Urszula Radwanska Azarenka was drawn to meet Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals however Azarenka was forced to withdraw from the match and the tournament citing a right ankle injury As a result despite her 17 match unbeaten start to the season Azarenka lost her No 2 ranking to eventual champion Maria Sharapova Even though Azarenka attended the player s party in Miami for the Sony Open she withdrew from the tournament moments before her first match with American up and comer Madison Keys because she hadn t recovered fully from her right ankle injury In her first tournament after injury Azarenka lost to Ekaterina Makarova in the second round of the Madrid Open but successfully reached the final in the following tournament the Italian Open by defeating Julia Gorges Ayumi Morita Sam Stosur and Sara Errani but lost to Serena Williams in the final In the French Open as the third seed she reached the semifinal before being defeated by Maria Sharapova who ended the tournament as runner up It was however a huge improvement made on her weakest surface She is making huge strides to become a better clay court player Azarenka at the 2013 Southern California Open In the first round of the Wimbledon Championships she defeated Maria Joao Koehler in straight sets but suffered a serious knee injury early in the second set This injury ultimately forced her to withdraw from the Championships before her second round match against Flavia Pennetta 51 Azarenka s withdrawal from Wimbledon ended a sequence of four consecutive Grand Slam semifinals Following her injury enforced early exit from Wimbledon Azarenka returned to action at the Southern California Open where she was the top seed After receiving a first round bye she defeated Francesca Schiavone Urszula Radwanska and Ana Ivanovic the latter in three sets before losing to Samantha Stosur in straight sets in the championship match The loss to Stosur marked her first loss against her after previously winning their first eight encounters 52 Azarenka was later forced to withdraw from the Rogers Cup due to a back injury she suffered in the championship match in Carlsbad 53 Seeded second at Cincinnati Azarenka received a first round bye following which she won her first match at the tournament since 2009 when she defeated local hope Vania King in the second round That was then followed by wins over Magdalena Rybarikova Caroline Wozniacki her first victory against her since 2009 and Jelena Jankovic en route to reaching her fifth final of the year where she defeated Serena Williams in a thrilling championship match to pick up her third title for the year 54 At the US Open where Azarenka was seeded second she successfully reached the final for the second consecutive year only dropping two sets en route In her first round match she defeated Dinah Pfizenmaier without losing a game In her second round match she defeated Aleksandra Wozniak in straight sets In her third and fourth round matches she respectively battled past Alize Cornet and Ana Ivanovic coming from a set down to win both matches In her quarterfinal match she defeated Daniela Hantuchova in straight sets In the semifinal match she defeated surprise semifinalist Flavia Pennetta However she lost in the final to Serena Williams in three sets 55 Azarenka then endured an unsuccessful Asian swing losing in the second round to former number one and seven time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in straight sets in Tokyo 56 and losing in the first round to Andrea Petkovic in an error riddled performance in Beijing 57 Azarenka s 2013 season ended with a poor showing at the 2013 WTA Tour Championships winning only one of her three round robin matches and failing to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2010 2014 15 Injuries and struggle Edit Main article 2014 Victoria Azarenka tennis season Azarenka at the 2015 Australian Open Azarenka s 2014 season was blighted by a foot injury which forced her to miss five months of the season and call an early end to her season in September 58 The injuries forced her to miss seven of her first 16 events of the season including the 2014 French Open 59 Azarenka only managed to make it to one final all season in her first tournament of the year in Brisbane where she lost to Serena Williams in straight sets In three other tournaments Azarenka managed to reach the quarterfinals but failed to progress any further She lost to Agnieszka Radwanska at the Australian Open and Montreal and to Ekaterina Makarova at the US Open Elsewhere she suffered losses in her opening matches at tournaments in Indian Wells Eastbourne and Stanford At Wimbledon she lost in her second round match to Bojana Jovanovski in three sets Azarenka s 2014 season ended in September due to injury 58 She ended the year ranked world No 32 her lowest finish since 2006 Azarenka started the 2015 season at the Brisbane International losing to Karolina Pliskova in three sets despite having multiple match points 60 As of being a runner up last year she dropped out from the top 40 clarification needed However Azarenka reached the fourth round at the Australian Open beating eight seed Caroline Wozniacki en route 61 but lost to Dominika Cibulkova in three sets 62 In Doha Azarenka scored three wins over top 20 players against Angelique Kerber fifth ranked Wozniacki and Venus Williams before losing to Lucie Safarova in the final 63 She then played in Indian Wells and Miami losing in the third round at both Azarenka opened her clay season in Madrid where she beat Venus Williams but lost to her sister Serena in third round despite having three match points Next she reached the quarterfinals in Rome losing to Maria Sharapova again after Sharapova previously beat her at Indian Wells At the French Open she lost eight games before reaching the third round but then fell to Serena Williams despite being two service games from victory in the second set 64 After having to withdraw from the second round match in Birmingham due to a foot injury Azarenka made a run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals with four straight set wins but lost to Serena Williams again after taking the first set 65 She returned to action in Toronto reaching the third round after beating Elina Svitolina and third seed Petra Kvitova She then seemed to be frustrated by Errani s medical timeout during the first set where she was up a break Azarenka won just four of the next fourteen games and lost Azarenka reached the third round of the Western amp Southern Open in Cincinnati beating Lauren Davis and fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki before retiring against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova She beat Lucie Hradecka Yanina Wickmayer 11th seed Angelique Kerber and Varvara Lepchenko to reach the quarterfinals at the US Open She then lost in three sets to second seed Simona Halep 2016 Sunshine Double re entry into top 5 injuries and pregnancy hiatus Edit Azarenka started her season at the Brisbane International in Australia She reached the final after defeating Elena Vesnina Ysaline Bonaventure eighth seed Roberta Vinci and surprise qualifier Samantha Crawford She faced fourth seed Angelique Kerber in the final and won the title without losing a set in the entire tournament This was her 18th WTA title and her first since the 2013 Western amp Southern Open 66 At the Australian Open Azarenka was seeded 14th and reached the quarterfinals without dropping a set including a double bagel win over Alison Van Uytvanck However in her quarterfinal match she was defeated in straight sets by seventh seed and eventual champion Angelique Kerber who had never defeated Azarenka in their previous six matches Azarenka was ahead in the second set but failed to convert five set points 67 Azarenka played her first 250 point International event since 2011 in Acapulco Mexico where she withdrew after her first round win over Polona Hercog Azarenka next played and won at Indian Wells The title included wins over Serena Williams Karolina Pliskova and a double bagel win over Magdalena Rybarikova Azarenka s win over Williams in the final made her the only player to defeat Williams four times in a final other than her sister Venus Her ranking rose to No 8 after Indian Wells Two weeks later Azarenka beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Miami final to become only the third player after Steffi Graf and Kim Clijsters to win the Indian Wells Miami double in the same year The title included a straight sets revenge defeat of Angelique Kerber in the semifinals and a win over Garbine Muguruza in the fourth round in their first meeting Her ranking rose to No 5 afterwards Azarenka started her clay court season at the Madrid Open as the fourth seed She cruised through the first two rounds with wins over Laura Robson and Alize Cornet However she was forced to withdraw from her third round match with Louisa Chirico because of a back injury After losing to Irina Camelia Begu in her first match in Rome she was forced to retire from her first round match against Karin Knapp at the French Open due to a knee injury 68 The same injury forced her to withdraw from Wimbledon 69 Azarenka announced her pregnancy through social media on 15 July and missed the rest of the 2016 season as a result 70 On 20 December 2016 Azarenka gave birth to a boy named Leo 71 72 73 she subsequently split from his father and a custody battle ensued 74 2017 Return to tour then custody battle Edit Azarenka returned to competitive tennis at the Mallorca Open 19 25 June winning her first match against Risa Ozaki after saving three match points in the final set She lost in the second round to Ana Konjuh At Wimbledon Azarenka used her protected ranking to enter the main draw She came back from a set down to defeat American teenager CiCi Bellis in the first round In the second round she completed the first straight sets win of her return by knocking out 15th seed Elena Vesnina In the third round Azarenka beat Heather Watson in a three set thriller in 2 hours and 6 minutes She was beaten by world No 2 Simona Halep in the fourth round in straight sets In mixed doubles event Azarenka teamed up with the former world number one in men doubles Nenad Zimonjic where they lost in the first round of the championship to the 2016 Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson in straight sets at the same day when Azarenka defeated Watson in the women s singles event In August 2017 Azarenka s custody battle for her eight month old son resulted in her withdrawal from that year s US Open 74 She also missed the 2017 Fed Cup final in which her native Belarus lost 2 3 to the United States 2018 Return to top 100 Wimbledon mixed doubles final Edit Azarenka originally received a wild card for the Australian Open but she withdrew from the tournament due to her ongoing custody battle 75 On 16 January 2018 it was announced that Azarenka had won her custody battle hearing 76 and was due to resume her career with the Indian Wells Open She lost to Sloane Stephens in the third round At the Miami Open she set up a rematch against Stephens after defeating Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinal round in straight sets She lost in three sets With her run to the semifinals Azarenka returned to the top 100 for the first time since returning to tour At the Madrid Open Azarenka lost in round two to Karolina Pliskova At the Italian Open she was defeated in the opening round by Naomi Osaka At the French Open Azarenka was defeated in the first round by Katerina Siniakova 77 78 79 80 Azarenka started the grass court season at the Mallorca Open where she lost in the second round to Lucie Safarova 81 At Wimbledon she lost in the second round to another Czech player Karolina Pliskova 82 Nonetheless she reached the final in the mixed doubles partnering Jamie Murray At the US Open Azarenka lost in the third round in straight sets to defending champion Sloane Stephens 83 Then she played in the quarterfinals of Tokyo 2019 US Open doubles final Return to top 50 Edit At Australian Open Azarenka lost to Laura Siegemund in the first round 84 She won doubles in Acapulco partnering Zheng Saisai 85 In Monterrey Azarenka advanced to the final defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Angelique Kerber along the way 86 She retired hurt in the second set against defending champion Garbine Muguruza 87 At the 2019 Wimbledon Championships she lost in the third round to eventual champion Simona Halep At the US Open she made the final in women s doubles partnering Ashleigh Barty 2020 Return to form first title since 2016 first Grand Slam final since 2013 Return to top 15 Edit Azarenka withdrew from the Australian Open due to personal problems Her first match in 2020 was at the Monterrey Open where she lost in the first round to Tamara Zidansek in straight sets She then withdrew from Indian Wells for undisclosed reasons before the tournament was cancelled and the WTA Tour was suspended due to the COVID 19 pandemic 88 When the WTA Tour resumed she played her first tournament in five months at the Top Seed Open in Lexington where she lost in the first round to Venus Williams in straight sets 89 Azarenka next played at the Western amp Southern Open winning the title via walkover in the final after Naomi Osaka withdrew citing a hamstring injury 90 This became her first WTA singles title since the 2016 Miami Open and since giving birth to her son Leo Following the victory Azarenka climbed 22 places in the world rankings to 27th place 91 Azarenka was unseeded in singles at the US Open given that seedings were taken from the rankings the week prior to her big win She easily defeated Barbara Haas in the first round then defeated the fifth seed and world No 11 her countrywoman Aryna Sabalenka in the second round Azarenka then defeated Polish teenager Iga Swiatek in the third round before coming back from a set down to defeat the 20th seed Karolina Muchova advancing to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since the 2016 Australian Open With Serena Williams and Tsvetana Pironkova also making the last eight it marked the first time in Grand Slam history that three mothers advanced to the quarterfinals She easily defeated Elise Mertens in the quarterfinals and achieved her first ever Grand Slam victory over Serena Williams in three sets in the semifinals She thus proceeded to a Grand Slam final for the first time since the 2013 US Open where she lost to Osaka despite leading by a set and a break Despite the loss Azarenka s ranking rose to No 14 her highest ranking since January 2017 Azarenka carried her good form into the clay court swing which started the following week at the Italian Open with victories over Venus Williams and reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin The win over Kenin was the tenth double bagel in Azarenka s career and her first on clay since 2011 92 After a third round win due to Daria Kasatkina s retirement she was defeated by Garbine Muguruza in the quarterfinals However at a cold and grey Roland Garros Azarenka was defeated in straight sets by Anna Karolina Schmeidlova in the second round having courted attention in the previous round for leaving the court mid match after complaining to tournament staff about the playing conditions 93 At the end of the season Azarenka entered the Ostrava Open as the 4th seed in singles She reached the finals but was defeated by Sabalenka in straight sets in a final where she was struggling with a migraine 94 2021 Tournament withdrawals Late season resurgence Masters WTA1000 final Edit In 2021 Azarenka first played at the Grampians Trophy a tournament organised for players affected by the hard quarantine imposed upon those who travelled on flights that contained positive results for COVID 19 She defeated Yulia Putintseva in the second round before withdrawing prior to her match in the quarterfinals against Anett Kontaveit Azarenka disappointed at the Australian Open losing in the first round to the unseeded Jessica Pegula At Doha Azarenka defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova and Laura Siegemund in straight sets before facing Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals Azarenka was heavily afflicted by a lower back injury throughout this match and this was reflected in her performance her first serve peaked at 88 mph 142 km h and averaged 83 mph 134 km h her second serve averaged 70 mph 113 km h and her movement was hampered throughout Despite this Azarenka defeated Svitolina in straight sets She withdrew before her match against eventual runner up Garbine Muguruza She withdrew from Dubai citing her back injury Her next tournament was the Miami Open In receipt of a second round bye she received a walkover from Laura Siegemund into the third round due to a knee injury In the third round Azarenka recorded a straight sets victory over Angelique Kerber before falling to world no 1 and eventual champion Ashleigh Barty in the fourth round in three sets Azarenka started her clay season at Madrid where she defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova before withdrawing from her match against Jessica Pegula At the French Open she reached the fourth round only for the fifth time in her career defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova Clara Tauson and Madison Keys before falling to eventual runner up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets At the Berlin Open Azarenka reached the semifinals defeating Andrea Petkovic Angelique Kerber and Jessica Pegula before falling to the eventual champion Liudmila Samsonova Partnering compatriot Aryna Sabalenka Azarenka won the doubles event at the same tournament defeating the top seeded pair of Demi Schuurs and Nicole Melichar 95 At Bad Homburg she defeated Yuliya Hatouka and Alize Cornet saving four match points in the process before withdrawing from her match against Sara Sorribes Tormo At Wimbledon she defeated Kateryna Kozlova in the first round before falling to Sorana Cirstea despite having a 3 1 lead in the third set At the 2021 National Bank Open in Canada she reached her first Masters WTA 1000 quarterfinal for the season Seeded 18th at the US Open Azarenka swept aside Tereza Martincova 6 4 6 0 then squeaked past Jasmine Paolini 6 3 7 6 1 before falling to 9th seed Garbine Muguruza in three sets 4 6 6 3 2 6 At the 2021 BNP Paribas Open she went one step further then in Canada reaching the semifinals of the tournament for the fourth time in her career defeating again Jessica Pegula In the semifinal she defeated Jelena Ostapenko to reach her third Indian Wells final which she lost to Paula Badosa Only two women have won more matches in Indian Wells overall Lindsay Davenport 47 and Maria Sharapova 38 With 33 victories Azarenka is in third place on the list 96 97 Playing style EditAzarenka is an aggressive baseliner who is known for hitting the ball hard flat and early on the rise 98 Due to her playing style she typically hits large numbers of winners in any match despite this she hits fewer unforced errors than similarly aggressive players as her game is built around controlled aggression Despite hitting her groundstrokes with relentless depth and power Azarenka aims to move her opponents around the court counterpunching until she can create the opportunity to hit a low risk winner 99 As such she excels at redirecting power both crosscourt and down the line Azarenka s strongest groundstroke is her two handed backhand which she uses to dominate opponents on the court she is widely considered to have one of the greatest backhands of all time Her signature shot is her backhand down the line 100 Azarenka also possesses a strong forehand with which she can rally effectively and hit winners although her forehand is more vulnerable than her backhand as such players who are acquainted with her game target her forehand Azarenka possesses a powerful first serve which has been recorded as high as 111 mph 179 km h allowing her to serve aces Despite her strong first serve her second serve is known for its volatility when nervous Azarenka typically commits a significant number of double faults Her inconsistencies on serve are balanced by her return game with her being described as one of the greatest return players in the history of the WTA Tour She is known for her ability to neutralise powerful first serves and punish short second serves 101 Azarenka is known for her movement speed court coverage footwork and balance allowing her to blend offence and defence effectively and to execute her aggressive yet controlled playing style effectively Despite typically playing from the baseline Azarenka is a capable net player due to her doubles experience and she is adept at attacking the net when the opportunity arises Azarenka is known for her mental strength and competitive spirit and was described by Sloane Stephens as a tough competitor 102 Azarenka prefers to play on hard courts where the regular bounce and moderate pace suit her aggressive yet measured playing style Azarenka is commonly regarded as a hard court specialist due to the fact that all but one of her 21 singles titles have been won on hard courts 103 Due to her strong two handed backhand exceptional return game mental strength and preference for hard courts she has been compared to Novak Djokovic 104 Endorsements and earnings EditAzarenka is one of the most profitable stars in women s tennis Azarenka is endorsed by Nike for clothing footwear and apparel and is frequently featured in promotional material for the company Red Bull entered into a deal with Azarenka in January 2013 making her the first tennis player sponsor for the beverage and sports investment giant Throughout her career Azarenka has been sponsored by numerous racquet companies from the start of her junior career up to 2012 she was sponsored by Head and used the Head Extreme racquet Between 2012 and 2017 she was sponsored by Wilson using the Wilson Ultra 100 racquet Upon her return to tennis after pregnancy in 2017 Azarenka signed an endorsement deal with Yonex for racquets using the EZONE 100 racquet She switched back to the Wilson Ultra 100 in 2018 although she was not under contract with the company after her successful 2020 season she became endorsed by Wilson once again Other endorsement partners include American Express Citizen Watch and Six Star Pro Nutrition she was also endorsed by the investment company Instaforex between 2013 and 2016 Citizen Watch manufactured an exclusive range of watches designed by Azarenka in 2013 In August 2013 Azarenka was named the fourth highest paid female athlete in the world by Forbes magazine with total earnings of 15 7 million between 2012 2013 her prize money constituted 6 7 million whilst her growing endorsements equaled 9 million Azarenka s 7 9 million prize money haul in 2012 was a single year record for a female athlete in any sport and remains the sixth highest single year total earned in WTA history With over 28 1 million in prize money Azarenka is seventh on the list of all time WTA prize money leaders 105 Coaching EditAzarenka has had several coaches through the years Between 2005 to 2009 she was coached by Antonio van Grichen and she was coached by Sam Sumyk from 2010 2015 with whom she won her two Grand Slam titles and reached No 1 in the world their partnership finished after an injury plagued 2014 season She was coached by Wim Fissette between 2015 and 2016 until she became pregnant and upon her return from pregnancy in 2017 she was coached by Michael Joyce In November 2018 Azarenka reunited with Fissette 106 until December 2019 when he became Naomi Osaka s coach 107 In February 2020 Azarenka announced Dorian Descloix as her new coach and has experienced renewed success with Descloix returning to the upper echelon of women s tennis 108 Azarenka split from Descloix in October 2021 instead choosing to work with Maxime Tchoutakian 109 Rivalries EditThroughout her career Victoria Azarenka has established rivalries with other players on the WTA Tour Her rivalries with Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova 110 are among the most significant on the WTA Tour as all three players have met each other at least fifteen times 111 112 Azarenka vs Serena Williams Edit List of all matches No Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score V A S W 1 2008 Australian Open Hard R32 Williams 6 3 6 4 0 12 2009 Australian Open Hard R16 Williams 3 6 4 2 ret 0 23 2009 Miami Hard F Azarenka 6 3 6 1 1 24 2009 Wimbledon Grass QF Williams 6 2 6 3 1 35 2010 Australian Open Hard QF Williams 4 6 7 6 7 4 6 2 1 46 2011 Toronto Hard SF Williams 6 3 6 3 1 57 2011 US Open Hard R32 Williams 6 1 7 6 7 5 1 68 2012 Madrid Clay blue F Williams 6 1 6 3 1 79 2012 Wimbledon Grass SF Williams 6 3 7 6 8 6 1 810 2012 Summer Olympics Grass SF Williams 6 1 6 2 1 911 2012 US Open Hard F Williams 6 2 2 6 7 5 1 1012 2012 WTA Finals Hard i RR Williams 6 4 6 4 1 11 2013 Brisbane Hard SF Williams w o 1 1113 2013 Doha Hard F Azarenka 7 6 8 6 2 6 6 3 2 1114 2013 Rome Clay F Williams 6 1 6 3 2 1215 2013 Cincinnati Hard F Azarenka 2 6 6 2 7 6 8 6 3 1216 2013 US Open Hard F Williams 7 5 6 7 6 8 6 1 3 1317 2014 Brisbane Hard F Williams 6 4 7 5 3 1418 2015 Madrid Clay R16 Williams 7 6 7 5 3 6 7 6 7 1 3 1519 2015 French Open Clay R32 Williams 3 6 6 4 6 2 3 1620 2015 Wimbledon Grass QF Williams 3 6 6 2 6 3 3 1721 2016 Indian Wells Hard F Azarenka 6 4 6 4 4 1722 2019 Indian Wells Hard R64 Williams 7 5 6 3 4 1823 2020 US Open Hard SF Azarenka 1 6 6 3 6 3 5 18 Victoria Azarenka s most notable rivalry is against Serena Williams They have met 23 times including eleven times in Grand Slams with Serena Williams leading their head to head 18 5 10 1 in Grand Slams and 5 4 in finals 111 Their first meeting was at the 2008 Australian Open with then defending champion Williams winning in straight sets 113 Their next meeting would also be at the Australian Open in the fourth round in 2009 and again Williams was victorious when the Belarusian was forced to retire due to illness having won the first set but trailing 2 4 in the second 114 However 2 1 2 months later Azarenka would achieve her first victory in the rivalry defeating the American in straight sets in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open 115 Williams later won a quarterfinal match between the pair at Wimbledon on her way to winning that championship Once again the pair met at the Australian Open in the 2010 quarterfinals Azarenka had won the first set and was leading in the second set before Williams came back to win the three set match once again on her way to winning the title for the second consecutive year 116 Her dominance continued with straight sets victories at the Rogers Cup and the US Open in 2011 both times coming after Williams ranking had plummeted to world No 175 following Wimbledon 117 The rivalry reached its peak in 2012 with the pair meeting five times with Serena Williams victorious on each occasion the Madrid Masters final the Wimbledon semifinals 118 the Olympics semifinals 119 the US Open final 120 described by many as the best match of the year on WTA and in the round robin stage of the year end championships They had been due to meet in the semifinals of the 2013 Brisbane International before Azarenka was forced to withdraw due to a toe infection 47 At the Qatar Total Open Azarenka scored just her second victory over Williams in a WTA Tour match winning in the championship match in three sets 50 They next faced off on clay at 2013 Internazionali BNL d Italia which Williams won in straight sets Azarenka s third victory over Williams came in the final of the Western and Southern Open again a third set was required to decide the outcome and on this occasion a final set tiebreak proved to be the difference However in a rematch of the previous year s final Williams got her revenge defeating Azarenka in the final of the US Open which like the previous year also required a third set Azarenka then lost to Williams again in the championship match of the Brisbane International early in 2014 this defeat marked Azarenka s first at the tournament 121 The pair would not meet again until the 2015 Madrid Open some 16 months later Azarenka lost a third round match against Williams in three sets despite holding three match points on her own serve in the final set 122 They then met in the third round of the 2015 French Open where Azarenka led by a set and a break before going on to lose 10 of the next 12 games In the quarterfinals of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships she once again was one set up on Williams but proceeded to lose the match in three sets For their 21st meeting they faced off in the final of the 2016 Indian Wells Open Victoria earned her fourth win becoming the first player to defeat Serena four times in a final 123 This was followed by another meeting in the second round of Indian Wells in 2019 which Serena won in two very tight sets In 2020 a resurgent Azarenka recorded her first victory against Williams in a Grand Slam winning in three sets in the US Open semifinal 124 Despite the lopsided record 18 5 in Williams favor many have said that Azarenka is the only player with the ability to consistently challenge Serena 125 Azarenka vs Bartoli Edit Azarenka and Marion Bartoli met 12 times between 2007 and 2012 Azarenka led the head to head 9 3 overall and 1 0 in the Grand Slams 126 Azarenka dominated the early rivalry winning the first six meetings between the pair including in the second round of the 2007 Australian Open the final of the 2009 Brisbane International 127 and all four matches that eventuated in 2010 The win in Brisbane marked Azarenka s first success in a WTA Tour final having previously lost three finals Bartoli got her first win over Azarenka in Eastbourne in 2011 winning after Azarenka retired with injury 128 At the 2011 WTA Tour Championships Bartoli qualified as a reserve for Maria Sharapova and in the only match she played she upset Azarenka in three sets 129 The match had no meaning because Bartoli could not qualify for the semi finals as Sharapova had lost her two matches and Azarenka had already qualified for the semi finals The pair met three times in 2012 with Azarenka winning two of the matches Bartoli s victory in the Miami quarterfinals was significant though as it snapped Azarenka s 26 match winning streak to start the season Bartoli won in straight sets to record what was at the time her third victory over a reigning world No 1 130 Their last meeting was in the semi finals of the China Open with Azarenka avenging the Miami loss on her way to winning the title 131 Azarenka vs Sharapova Edit List of all matches No Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score Length V A M S 1 2007 Moscow Carpet R16 Azarenka 7 6 11 9 6 2 1 49 1 02 2009 Los Angeles Hard R32 Sharapova 6 7 4 7 6 4 6 2 2 32 1 13 2009 Beijing Hard R32 Sharapova 6 3 6 7 5 7 7 5 2 56 1 24 2010 Stanford Hard F Azarenka 6 4 6 1 1 27 2 25 2011 Miami Hard F Azarenka 6 1 6 4 1 46 3 26 2011 Rome Clay QF Sharapova 4 6 3 0 RET 1 23 3 37 2012 Australian Open Hard F Azarenka 6 3 6 0 1 22 4 38 2012 Indian Wells Hard F Azarenka 6 2 6 3 1 26 5 39 2012 Stuttgart Clay F Sharapova 6 1 6 4 1 24 5 410 2012 US Open Hard SF Azarenka 3 6 6 2 6 4 2 42 6 411 2012 Beijing Hard F Azarenka 6 3 6 1 1 27 7 412 2012 Istanbul Hard SF Sharapova 6 4 6 2 1 36 7 513 2013 French Open Clay SF Sharapova 6 1 2 6 6 4 2 10 7 614 2015 Indian Wells Hard R32 Sharapova 6 4 6 3 1 52 7 715 2015 Rome Clay QF Sharapova 6 3 6 2 1 32 7 8 One of women s tennis most prominent rivalries during the 2010s was the one between Azarenka and Maria Sharapova They met 15 times between 2007 and 2015 The head to head finished at 7 8 overall in Sharapova s favor but Azarenka led 2 1 in the Grand Slams and 5 1 in finals 112 Together they reigned as the top two women in the world from January 2012 to January 2013 except for a brief period in July and August when Agnieszka Radwanska was the world No 2 behind Azarenka Azarenka won their first meeting in 2007 in the second round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow 25 132 Their first meeting in a WTA Tour final came at the 2010 Bank of the West Classic in Stanford which Azarenka won for her first and fourth career title that year 133 134 Azarenka also defeated Sharapova in the Miami Masters final in 2011 to win her second title at that tournament 135 The rivalry between the two players started to intensify in 2012 with six meetings between the pair that year four of them being in finals Azarenka won four of the six meetings that year three of them in finals Their most famous meeting occurred early that year in the final of the 2012 Australian Open This match had historical proportions as Azarenka would become the first player from her country to either win a Grand Slam singles title or become world No 1 or Sharapova would win her second title at the tournament having won in 2008 Ultimately Azarenka won the match beating Sharapova in straight sets in one hour and twenty two minutes and in doing so claimed the world No 1 ranking for the first time 136 Azarenka would defeat Sharapova in two further finals at Indian Wells in Beijing however Sharapova would prevail in the final of the 2012 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Their two non finals were split Azarenka winning at the US Open 137 and Sharapova winning at the year end championships The pair s only meeting in 2013 did not come until the semifinals of the French Open where Sharapova won in three sets This marked the first time Sharapova had beaten Azarenka at a Grand Slam and improved to 3 0 against her on clay Sharapova won their next meeting in the third round of the 2015 BNP Paribas Open in straight sets 138 Azarenka vs Li Edit List of all matches No Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score Length V A L N 1 2008 Gold Coast Hard F Li 4 6 6 3 6 4 N A 0 12 2009 Tokyo Hard QF Li 7 6 9 7 4 6 7 6 7 4 N A 0 23 2010 Montreal Hard R16 Azarenka 6 3 6 3 1 24 1 24 2011 Australian Open Hard R16 Li 6 3 6 3 N A 1 35 2011 French Open Clay QF Li 7 5 6 2 N A 1 46 2011 Istanbul Hard RR Azarenka 6 2 6 2 N A 2 47 2012 Sydney Hard F Azarenka 6 2 1 6 6 3 1 56 3 48 2012 Madrid Clay QF Azarenka 3 6 6 3 6 3 1 54 4 49 2012 Istanbul Hard RR Azarenka 7 6 7 4 6 3 N A 5 410 2013 Australian Open Hard F Azarenka 4 6 6 4 6 3 2 40 6 411 2013 Istanbul Hard RR Li 6 2 6 1 N A 6 5 Azarenka and Li Na met eleven times between 2008 and 2013 139 Azarenka led the head to head 6 5 overall and 2 1 in championship matches all of which reached a deciding set but trailed 1 2 in Grand Slam matches Their first meeting was in the final of the 2008 Mondial Australian Women s Hardcourts tournament which has since been renamed as the Brisbane International which Li Na won in three sets after Azarenka had won the first 140 Azarenka s first victory over Li was in the third round of the 2010 Rogers Cup They met three times in 2011 two of which were at the Majors with Li winning both times before Azarenka won their third meeting at the 2011 WTA Tour Championships en route to reaching the final They met a further three times in 2012 with Azarenka winning each time They met in the final of the Sydney International where Azarenka won in three sets after breaking the defending champion Li at 4 3 in the decider 141 Azarenka was also victorious in their meetings at Madrid and the year end championships Their most notable meeting to date was in the final of the 2013 Australian Open Both players entered the championship match with one Grand Slam title each Azarenka who the 2012 Australian Open whilst Li won the 2011 French Open and in very good form with Azarenka only dropping one set throughout her run and Li Na having not dropped a set and also having defeated two top four players Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Sharapova en route After Li Na won the first set Azarenka stepped up her game as Li started to suffer multiple injuries and eventually won in three sets to successfully defend her Australian Open title and become the first world No 1 to win a Major since Serena Williams won Wimbledon in 2010 48 Azarenka lost the pair s last meeting in straight sets at the 2013 WTA Tour Championships playing through a back injury and winning just three games in the process 142 Career statistics EditMain article Victoria Azarenka career statistics Grand Slam performance timelines Edit Key W F SF QF R RR Q DNQ A NH W Won F finalist SF semifinalist QF quarterfinalist R rounds 4 3 2 1 RR round robin stage Q qualification round DNQ did not qualify A absent NH not held SR strike rate events won competed To avoid confusion and double counting these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player s participation has ended Singles Edit Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W L Win Australian Open 1R 3R 3R 4R QF 4R W W QF 4R QF A A 1R A 1R 2 13 39 11 78 French Open 1R 1R 4R QF 1R QF 4R SF A 3R 1R A 1R 2R 2R 4R 0 14 26 14 65 Wimbledon 1R 3R 3R QF 3R SF SF 2R 2R QF A 4R 2R 3R NH 2R 0 14 33 13 72 US Open 3R 4R 3R 3R 2R 3R F F QF QF A A 3R 1R F 3R 0 14 42 14 75 Win Loss 2 4 7 4 9 4 13 4 7 4 14 4 21 3 19 2 9 3 13 4 4 2 3 1 3 3 3 4 7 2 6 4 2 55 140 52 73 Doubles Edit This table is current up to the 2021 Australian Open Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2018 2019 2020 2021 W LAustralian Open A F 3R 3R F A 2R A A 15 4French Open 1R QF F 2R QF A 3R A A 14 6Wimbledon 2R QF 3R 1R A A 3R NH A 8 3US Open 1R 1R 2R A A 2R F 2R A 8 6Win Loss 1 3 11 4 10 3 3 3 8 2 1 1 10 2 1 1 0 0 45 19Mixed Doubles Edit This table is current up to the 2021 Australian Open Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2012 2017 2018 2021 SR W L Win Australian Open A F 1R A A A A 0 2 4 2 67 French Open A 1R W A A A A 1 2 5 1 83 Wimbledon A 1R A 3R 1R F A 0 4 7 4 64 US Open 2R W A A A A A 1 2 6 1 86 Win Loss 1 1 9 3 5 1 2 1 0 1 5 1 0 0 2 10 22 8 73 Grand Slam finals Edit Singles 5 2 titles 3 runner ups Edit Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent ScoreWin 2012 Australian Open Hard Maria Sharapova 6 3 6 0Loss 2012 US Open Hard Serena Williams 2 6 6 2 5 7Win 2013 Australian Open 2 Hard Li Na 4 6 6 4 6 3Loss 2013 US Open Hard Serena Williams 5 7 7 6 8 6 1 6Loss 2020 US Open Hard Naomi Osaka 6 1 3 6 3 6Doubles 4 4 runner ups Edit Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents ScoreLoss 2008 Australian Open Hard Shahar Pe er Alona Bondarenko Kateryna Bondarenko 6 2 1 6 4 6Loss 2009 French Open Clay Elena Vesnina Anabel Medina Garrigues Virginia Ruano Pascual 1 6 1 6Loss 2011 Australian Open Hard Maria Kirilenko Gisela Dulko Flavia Pennetta 6 2 5 7 1 6Loss 2019 US Open Hard Ashleigh Barty Elise Mertens Aryna Sabalenka 5 7 5 7Mixed doubles 4 2 titles 2 runner ups Edit Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents ScoreLoss 2007 Australian Open Hard Max Mirnyi Elena Likhovtseva Daniel Nestor 4 6 4 6Win 2007 US Open Hard Max Mirnyi Meghann Shaughnessy Leander Paes 6 4 7 6 8 6 Win 2008 French Open Clay Bob Bryan Katarina Srebotnik Nenad Zimonjic 6 2 7 6 7 4 Loss 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