Indian Wells is now a territory of conquest for Victoria Azarenka. The Belarusian has hit the third final of her career in the United States, after those reached and won in 2012 and 2016. Five years later, the tennis player is back as a great protagonist at the BNP Paribas Open, demonstrating how she can always make a difference compared to her rivals, despite the passage of time.
Started as seed number 27 of the competition, over the course of the week she overtook players of the caliber of Petra Kvitova, the American Pegula and to finish, in the last match played so far, the Latvian obstinate Jelena Ostapenko, who surrendered albeit was one set ahead.
Now the last obstacle to triumph again and repeat the feat: only the Spanish Paula Badosa separates her from her title, also the author of a splendid journey.
The sensations of Azarenka
Talking about the match during the press conference, Azarenka said: "It was a long game.
Looking at the game, there were probably a lot of things I could have done better, even though Ostapenko was fantastic in the first set. I tried to create opportunities to get back into the game, to take a little more control, to fight on every exchange and in the end I succeeded."
Then she added: "Winning or not winning is sometimes a very small change of emotion, I try to focus more on what I can do, to make it work better. It makes me feel a lot more consistent. The third final here will not allow me to have an advantage, no year is the same as the other.
It's more about managing the moment to come." Regarding the opponent of the final, the Spanish Paula Badosa, Vika said: "She worked a lot this season, you can see it from the evolution she has had throughout the season.
It will be a new challenge to play, because I've never played against her. I will have to be very careful and know how to adapt to every situation." Final thought to the crowd in California. She said: "Last year we didn't have people in the stands and it was clear that it was more difficult to contribute with that fight and that energy.
The crowd always helps you to give it your all. I'm very grateful that we have fans now, it's been very strange months."