Victoria Azarenka explains why facing Serena Williams is tough

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Victoria Azarenka explains why facing Serena Williams is tough

Victoria Azarenka believes that her loss to Serena Williams in the Indian Wells second round was up just to a few rallies. The score, 6-3 7-5 does not prove it too much in some ways. The former world No. 1 Belarusian player said: "I feel in this type of close matches and this type of intensity, one point, one shot can change the momentum.

But when you're facing someone who will not give you one single free point, it's a tough one. So that's why it was a lot of those games." Azarenka featured in an amazing Nike ad in favour of women's rights: "I felt that it was an amazing moment for women in sport.

I feel that we showed the great vulnerability that does exist and what people don't really talk about. We talk about being tough, being strong, being focused. And we are all that, but we are also human with vulnerable feelings and emotions.

We get hurt, and people see that. I felt there was a little bit of some -- too many comments about, you know, men don't praise themselves. And I was, like, Well, go ahead. But why can't we do that and celebrate each other and support each other and show what we are about? We just want to support equality.

That's everybody's right. There is no discrimination about men or women. We are just women who want to be better for women. It's one of my goals to try to pave the way, you know, for women in sport who have kids right now, and I feel that the Nike ad was in great support with that, and I hope they gonna continue to push those limits, to push those boundaries.

Because that's what it's all about. For us, Billie Jean King did it 40 years ago, it's up to us to continue to climb up, to not look back, to continue to move forward. I'm really proud to be part of that."