Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka has warned the remaining players in the Indian Wells Masters main draw that big tournaments bring out the best in her. Azarenka, now ranked at No. 32 in the world, hasn't had a great season but she turned the clock in Indian Wells as she has made the semifinal at the tournament without a dropped set.
The remaining three players in the tournament are Azarenka's next opponent Jelena Ostapenko, Paula Badosa and Ons Jabeur. None of those three players has a Masters title, while Azarenka has 10 Masters titles in her collection.
"I feel like I’ve always liked playing big tournaments,’ Azarenka insisted, per Tennishead. “Indian Wells is almost like the fifth Grand Slam. “So, I’ve always had a lot more motivation coming to tournaments like this.
I said that earlier, when we come here every year, you sometimes take it for granted. “Then, two and a half years later, I feel like I actually forgot how beautiful this place is and how fun it is to play here”.
Azarenka aims a third Indian Wells title
Azarenka has had success in Indian Wells throughout her career, winning it all at the tournament in 2012 and 2016. Azarenka, 32, says her good Indian Wells is "just the beginning of great things."
"But game-wise, conditions are pretty tricky here,” Azarenka continued. “So, it’s a lot about adjustment and navigating through the weeks. It’s a two-week event, so it takes a lot of focus, a lot of energy out of you.
“I’m very happy, a lot of emotions right now, but I’m still in competition so I’m trying to calm down and not overthink about Top 10. Probably will celebrate after the tournament. “I just believed in myself, I worked hard, and this is just the beginning of great things”. It remains to be seen if Azarenka can return to her old form and once again be a contender for Grand Slam titles.