Before her final against Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka was asked about what she felt she had to do to compete against the best player in the world, who's beaten her in their last three matches. 'I do not know but I see a lot of them losing before they step on the court.
I'm not afraid of anybody. I want to have these challenges. Some people maybe want to avoid that. And I live for these moments,' she said after her semi-final victory against Karolina Pliskova. After having reached the final, Azarenka will rise to no.
11 in the world, and will be only 200 points away from Maria Sharapova. After injuries that had not allowed her to play to her best for a couple of years now (even though she almost did beat Serena at Wimbledon last year), this year Azarenka has the goal of doing better: 'It's been a great week, I felt I improved so much.
I've been working hard and it's good to see that all that work is paying off,' Azarenka said, adding, 'I try to apply what I'm working on - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't - but it has put me in a position to play against the best players and these are the most priceless moments for me.
For me, it's all fun. It doesn't matter if it's good or bad, it's tennis and you're not always going to be on the up. You have to play good and stay clam - it's important what you do when you're down, too.
I think through the experience you learn to understand that better." 2016 has been a very good year for Azarenka so far: she reached the quarter-finals at the Australian Open quarter-finals before losing it to the eventual champion Angelique Kerber.