Victoria Azarenka is starting to prepare for what she hopes to be a great 2019 season. The Belarusian player had a tough 2018 as she was dealing with a legal case involving the custody of her son and could start touring only from May 2019, at the Mutua Madrid Open.
Azarenka has reunited with her former coach Wim Fissette with whom she started working in 2015 and 2016 and got some great triumphs like the 2016 Brisbane International, Indian Wells and Miami Open title. Then Azarenka took a maternity break and Fissette worked with Johanna Konta for a year.
In 2018, he helped Angelique Kerber win the US Open title and reach the final in Wimbledon, but they ended her co-operation in October before the WTA Finals in Singapore. Azarenka will start her 2019 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland.
The Tournament Director Karl Budge looks forward to welcome the former world no. 1 back after this year's withdrawal. 'Vika has been incredible since coming back on tour,' Budge said. 'She performed incredibly well at Wimbledon last year in her second tournament back and this year alone she made the semifinals in Miami, one of the biggest events of the year and recorded wins over top 10 players.
What she is doing is incredible and we look forward to welcoming her and Leo to Auckland in January.' Azarenka has won two Major titles in her career so far, at the Australian Open in 2012-13. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title