Victoria Azarenka: Jelena Ostapenko was playing incredible but I found my way back



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Victoria Azarenka: Jelena Ostapenko was playing incredible but I found my way back

Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka was proud of the way she fought against 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko during their Indian Wells Masters semifinal. Azarenka, now ranked at No. 32 in the world, recovered from a set and a break down to beat No.

24 seed Ostapenko 3-6 6-3 7-5. "I thought the most important [thing], I would say today, was my fight, that I can be really proud of," Azarenka said, in her post-match press conference, per the WTA website. "Analyzing the game, it was a lot of probably things that I could have maybe done a little bit better.

"Overall she was playing really incredible in the first set, not giving me much to do. I was just trying to find opportunity, actually create opportunity, for me to get back into the match, to take a little bit more control in the match, really fight for every ball."

Everything fell into place for Azarenka in Indian Wells

Azarenka admitted that she has had a tricky season but everything came together for her in Indian Wells. "I think my season has been tricky," Azarenka added.

"There were parts where I physically couldn't necessarily bring that extra level, extra fight, which was very frustrating. Then there were parts where I felt that I was looking for something to add, and I didn't necessarily know what it was.

It was a lot of searching in the season, a lot of kind of stepping into unknown. "I feel like right now I'm a bit more settled with a bit more structure, a little bit more discipline, which makes it not necessarily easier but a bit clearer what I need to do.

So it doesn't take extra energy on that, so I can kind of focus my energy more on the fighting for every ball."