Victoria Azarenka: ´I was depressed, I thought about retiring from tennis´

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Victoria Azarenka: ´I was depressed, I thought about retiring from tennis´

Every time she comes back home - Minsk, Bielorussia - Babushka prepares for her some grapes and chocolate. The simplicity against the luxury of the high-ranked players. 'Until age 74 my Grandmother used to wake up at 5 AM to go working all days.

Always with the smile on her face. I don't see her as often now but I have lived incredible moments with her. When I feel sad I think of Babushka and I find the optimism back- she said to Il Corriere della Sera. Victoria Azarenka is the player who got the best results in the last months and arrived to Rome as favourite, despite losing in the second round match against Irina Begu 'This year there is also the Gold medal to fight for at the Olympic Games in Rio: I don't exclude anything' - she says before playing her first match at the Foro Italico.

Vika lived beatiful moments in 2012 and 2013 being World no. 1. However, she had to face some very tough moments too: 'Until I denied myself to be depressed, nothing changed. The worst moment was when I wanted to stop playing tennis, the thing I love the most.

I was heart-broken, everything was black. Getting healthy has been the first step to [see] the Light. I am proud I have gone through it.' It took two seasons to see playing at the best level a player who beat Serena Williams in four finals: 'I don't have secrets recipes: Serena sets the bar so high that it's impossible not to feel the urge to Jump: she pushes me to try my best and viceversa.' The road has been long and difficult: 'Comeback at the top has been a process.

I focused on the details. I learned that small things can make big differences. I chose to enjoy the journey, without worrying about the goal.' She has not beaten Serena at the US Open, losing two finals against her. But this year could be the right one: 'I do not like to speak what I have still not reached.

Less talking, more looking'. Babushka reaches. Vika, with passion, keeps going. ALSO READ: WTA ENTRY LISTS: Azarenka in Nottingham, Kerber in Birmingham and Muguruza in Mallorca