Former World No. 1 Venus Williams invited Victoria Azarenka, another former World No. 1 tennis star, on her Instagram Live workout session earlier this week and besides working out, the two also chatted about various topics including training during the current lockdown and playing Serena Williams - a common rival for both of them - and of course Venus' sister.
Venus said she loved Azarenka's matches against Serena, especially in the 2012 and 2013 US Open finals. "I watch your matches against Serena at the US Open. Those games were epic. You played very intensely in court, so it was a lot of fun to follow.
I watch for entertainment.' Azarenka responded by saying, "In these games that I played against Serena, you can feel the energy and the competitive tension that we had. And that obviously happened when you two played against each other.
I don't know how you managed to do that so many times. We wanted to destroy each other for three hours, but we knew how to separate that competitiveness on the court with mutual respect outside it." The Belarusian commented that she had been trained a few times during the lockdown but found it hard to find the motivation.
"I trained a few times on the court, but in the last week I had a hard time finding motivation. What was I training for? I love to play tennis, but I need a goal, because I always have to prepare for competitions. As I already had some breaks in my career, it is a little easier for me, but doing physical training already helps a lot mentally.
I feel more energetic. Otherwise, I would be lying on the couch not knowing what to do." Azarenka also spoke about how motherhood has changed her perspective on her tennis career. "You have to accept that you won't always be able to do your best.
You have to try. I used to charge myself a lot when I couldn't do something I wanted to, but that's life. I think children teach us much more than we teach them. Leo taught me a lot about myself in those three years."