Victoria Azarenka: I thought about retiring earlier this year

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Victoria Azarenka: I thought about retiring earlier this year

Former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who is through to the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open, has said she thought about retirement earlier this year but decided to give her career one more try and that she is happy about her decision.

Azarenka is through to the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open this week for the first time since winning the title in 2013 as she scored a win over Tunisia's Ons Jabeur. She will play the No. 8 seed Johanna Konta in the semi-finals.

Victoria Azarenka says she considered retiring from tennis earlier this year

As quoted by Ubitennis, Azarenka admits she did think about retiring from the sport earlier this year. "Yes, I thought about it. At that moment I didn't know if I would continue playing, but I decided to try again one last time and see what would happen .

I am happy with the choice I made, but I would have felt good in any case. There aren't many things I regret." The Belarusian has had a difficult time in recent years due to injuries and also because of the custody battle of her son, Leo.

The Belarusian also spoke about the her new working relationship with French coach Dorian Descloix, the former doubles partner of Gael Monfils. "I started working on it in February before going to Monterrey then during the lockdown he left with his two young daughters, but we kept in touch.

I like the work we do, it has brought about some changes in my routine . He has never coached at the WTA level, but we learn from each other. This mental freshness was important, especially during the long break in which repetitive and routine work would have been difficult, without goals on the court."

Azárenka is a former world No. 1 in singles and was the year-end No. 1 in 2012. She has won 20 WTA singles titles, eight WTA doubles titles, and three mixed-doubles titles. She won the Australian Open singles titles in 2012 and 2013 - and became the only Belarusian player, male or female, to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Victoria Azarenka has also won the singles bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the 2007 US Open mixed doubles with Max Mirnyi and the 2008 French Open mixed doubles with Bob Bryan—and the gold medal in the mixed doubles at the 2012 Summer Olympics with Mirnyi.