Victoria Azarenka’s reign at the top has been cut short due to a variety of injuries and her struggles with fitness have not allowed her the time she would have liked to stomp her authority in the women’s game.
But despite the injury setbacks, the Belarusian has managed to win two Grand Slams (Australian Open) and several other big titles which do make her a contender in every tournament she plays these days. Azarenka on her road back from injury has managed to reach the 15th ranking in the world and as she gears up for a place in the final of the BNP Paribas Open with a semifinal booked against Karoline Pliskova, the Belarusian could see herself climbing back inside the top 10.
But rankings are something that do not motivate the 26 year old as she strives for results and believes rankings are an added bonus which come with success at the biggest level. "I'm in a different stage of my career.
You know, I think getting to No.1 of course it's a goal. My main goal is to win Grand Slams. That's that I want really bad and that's what I'm working towards. I always think that ranking is a bonus that comes with it.
Once you have results, you win tournaments, it comes automatically. "And at first it was something that you just, you want to get there since you're a kid. You know, it's a big dream. And once you achieve it, sometimes it brings the level of motivation down.
Right now my level of motivation is different. I'm not that kid with a big dream of becoming No.1. I have been there." Also Read: WTA INDIAN WELLS- Victoria Azarenka to meet Karolina Pliskova in Semifinals