Thanks to the retirement of Laura Siegemund, who injured her right knee during her last match, Victoria Azarenka will play her first match at the WTA in Miami starting directly from the third round. During the Media Day, the Belarusian champion expressed her opinion on the choice to skip the Miami tournament taken by some great players of the ATP Tour.
“I think it all depends on the state of uncertainty we live in due to Covid-19. We are all trying to use every opportunity to compete. As for the evolution of the pandemic, I am quite confident but aware that there are still many adversities to overcome."
Azarenka: "Serena Williams raised the bar in women's tennis"
Azarenka then focused on her career and on the level of the women's Tour. "I was lucky enough to play great tennis. But it is also true that this is not enough: to express yourself at best you must also grow from a physical and mental point of view.
It is essential to combine the different factors; the hardest part is finding a balance. WTA tour? I would say that many young players are improving a lot, especially from the point of view of explosiveness. I feel like we have entered the next stage.
If we look at the evolution of women's tennis since Serena Williams and her sister Venus came to the WTA Tour, I think the level has risen. They were fundamental and exploited the power of their physique. Now we have a player like Naomi Osaka, who is raising the bar even higher."
The former world number one Simona Halep also spoke of the situation that all athletes and all female athletes have been experiencing in recent months. "It's not an easy time for anyone. It's hard to stay locked up in the hotel, inside the bubble, for so many weeks.
By this I mean that not all girls can compete to the fullest of their abilities under these conditions. All of us are constantly struggling with pressure in a more open circuit than ever. I know that tournaments are not easy and the feeling is that each of us can win."