Victoria Azarenka and Vika Russian diminutive of Victoria, born July 31, 1989 in Minsk is a Belarusian professional tennis player who plays on the WTA Tour since 2003.
She is coached by French and Sat Sumyk fitness trainer is Mark Wellinhton. His favorite surface is hard. His father called Fedor, his mother, who was introduced to tennis at age 7, is called Alla. She has a brother in the name of Max. Her favorite city is Minsk, but she lives and trains in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Description of his game
Victoria is a very aggressive player in the backcourt and a game based on a very good timing, a big punching power and good speed and great ability to keep pace with the baseline. To give a clear picture, we refer to as a steamroller effect in Victoria works his opponent with great force and length in all its attacks, either backhand or forehand. The main defect in his game is to force an opponent the same rate or pace it can adapt and use it as the best to counter it.
Her strongest shot is her backhand and forehand but his service, especially in the second bullet, are ways and often tend to weaken even more pressure. His lateral movement is in the middle of the WTA players, even if his run to the front or side remains quite low due to its size (1.80 m). She has a pretty good beating in general.
Victoria has taken a forehand called Semi-Western, that is to say that the bottom of the palm is applied to the flat right sleeve, which allows him to get the lift naturally due to the outlet, while remaining very aggressive with his strikes flat covered. It has a pretty good forehand technique but this time can deteriorate when playing under pressure, for example.
The two-handed backhand Victoria is considered one of the best in the league with his catch Continental or hammer with both hands. She struck a blow almost flat all the time very powerful one with which it can direct the game, open or short press the opponent. It may be noted in her technique quite uncommon among players, where during the contact with the ball, it keeps a quite big space between her arms so that all players keep their arms close.
Return of Service
The return of service of Victoria is one of its main weapons in the game based on aggression. In effect, this allows him to exchange his account from the first ball striking. She has a great look and is able to block the ball on the first such service and re-accelerate it by always keeping the same depth in the center with great regularity, which is confirmed by its statistics for 2009 where she was ranked in the top 3 in all the tables on service returns. See Statistics of Victoria in 2009 a little lower.
The mind of Victoria is not known to be stronger and thus it has lost many games in 2009 when she brilliantly won the first set and then completely let go. It is also known for his temper and can get angry very quickly for example if she commits some mistakes which brought him often to lose the thread of his game. A few examples below:
* Tokyo: Victoria leads (5-3) in the third set against Maria Sharapova served for the match, losing ground, losing the match in three.
* Tour Championship: face Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki, where she continued to lead brilliantly in the first set, respectively (6-1) and (6-4) before losing ground to completely lose these two games.
* Cincinnati: More recently, she served for the second set and the match against Ana Ivanovic before tensing, committing four double faults and lost the match in three sets.
As she plays under pressure, the first sector to suffer his game is his ward where she tends, especially in the second ball, put into play which makes them very short and attacked by another player. In the background runs, she favors diagonal areas without necessarily choose or vary the effect, making it very vulnerable when it did not afford to defend on a regular basis from the baseline.
Victoria has a pretty good service but, after all, especially in the second service, lack of effect, such as kick making his second serve enough challenge especially when under pressure. His average speed in the first service is usually around 170 km / h and the fastest of the year 2009 is 184 km / h at Roland Garros.
It plays its first match on the ITF Tour November 16, 2003 in Israel. She also won her first doubles title. The Belarusian must await the next season to win a singles match in Makarska, where she reached the quarter-finals. It crosses a plateau in 2005 by reaching his first final on the ITF circuit in Augusta and Petange. Meanwhile, it honors his debut in Fed Cup with victories against Shahar Peer and Kateryna Bondarenko. Victoria then won the big picture of New Haven successively removing two members of the top 100 (Alona Bondarenko and Samantha Stosur). She lowers her flag narrowly cons Květa Peschke. She climbs later in the semi-final in Guangzhou, where she lost against Yan Zi, taking advantage of the abandonment Peng Shuai in the previous round.
His rise in the global hierarchy is accelerating. Belarussian beat Amy Frazier then hangs Maria Kirilenko against which it tilts in three sets in the tournament in Auckland. She reached the main draw of the Australian Open where she was released by the top-seeded Sania Mirza 32.
Victoria made her first big performance with a victory against then No. 13 Nicole Vaidisova in the WTA rankings in Memphis. It confirms its significant progress in defeating Jelena Jankovic in Miami before falling against Anastasia Myskina. She takes this same Russian in his entrenchments in Rome (lost 6-3, 3-6, 7-6). For his first Roland Garros, she loses in first round in three sets tight against Anabel Medina Garrigues after passing the qualifying draw. It integrates directly the large picture of Wimbledon but lost against another women's tennis hope and terror Junior Circuit Agnieszka Radwanska.
Victoria eliminates immediately Anastasia Myskina at the U.S. Open but is barred by Anna Chakvetadze in the third round. She won her first double Tashkent associated with his compatriot Tatiana Poutchek. She finished the season with a final ITF Pittsburgh where she must abandon against Aleksandra Wozniak, hampered by foot blisters. She made her first foray into the top 100.
The Belarussian is very good impression on the Australian Open, where she removes Yuliana Fedak and especially Marion Bartoli, then ranked in 21st place. Jelena Jankovic is putting an end to his career in two sets. Together with his fellow countryman Max Mirnyi, it traces its way to the mixed doubles final, losing against the pair Yelena Likhovtseva and Daniel Nestor. She earns a regular cons of players from the top 50, which makes climbing in the rankings. She stands again in two to Las Vegas in the company of Tatiana Poutchek, winning the tournament without allowing a set to his opponents.
Victoria reached her first WTA singles final on the orange earth Estoril beating Virginie Razzano, Francesca Schiavone, Gisela Dulko and Lucie Safarova. It loses a few cons qualified Gréta Arn, in three sets. Virginia does not demerit Wimbledon, wiping the dryly seeded No. 21 Tathiana Garbin. She left the tournament after a defeat against Nicole Vaidisova in the third round.
Victoria won a doubles tournament again this time accompanied by Anna Chakvetadze in San Diego, after having reached the final with the same partner at Stanford. It caused a sensation at the U.S. Open, leaving Emmanuelle Gagliardi, Dominika Cibulková and especially the former world number one Martina Hingis by a score very severe (3-6, 6-1, 6-0). Future finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova, puts an end to his ambitions. His great adventure singles to seal a triumph in the mixed doubles with Max Mirnyi pair face Meghann Shaughnessy / Leander Paes, offering himself as a first Grand Slam title.
Seeded No. 1 in Tashkent, she created a perfect record until the final, where she was beaten by a surprising Pauline Parmentier. She is ranked 30th in the season's end.
Victoria begins its season in a good mood at the Gold Coast tournament where she reached the final (defeat against Li Na in three sets). She then reached the third round of the Australian Open, beaten by Serena Williams. Accompanied by double Shahar Peer, she lost in the final against the Bondarenko sisters. Because of a knee injury at the Paris tournament, she withdraws at Indian Wells. Back in Miami, she passes a point of victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova before letting go (she lost nine consecutive games). It confirms his return to form at the clay court season with a final in Prague.
2009: The year of the revelation
The year 2009 begins dramatically to Victoria with a ratio of 24 victories and two losses and won three tournaments in three months. Consequently, it receives its first title at the Open de Brisbane against the French Marion Bartoli in with her 6-3, 6-1. Then she sailed to Melbourne where its path to the quarter-finals she has the former world number one and double Grand Slam winner Amelie Mauresmo in straight sets (6-4, 6-2) to play Serena Williams it dominates the head and shoulders the first set before falling ill because of the overwhelming heat of Melbourne in the second set. She said: "I already felt really sick in the morning. I woke up at 6 am and already I vomited and I felt very weak. And it was full surment a virus because his body temperature was already quite high in the morning.
Barely a month and a half later, she won her second title of year in Memphis, opposite Caroline Wozniacki (6-1, 6-3), with whom she also won the double. It was his first win in singles and doubles in the same tournament on the WTA Tour.
Full of confidence with these two titles, Victoria Azarenka then turned towards the two big dates in mid-season that is Indian Wells and Miami. In the first tournament city, it rises to the semi-final having lost in passing the No. 2-seeded and world No. 1 Dinara Safina "... today I played very aggressive. My tennis is improving and my movement on court. I also thought I put a bigger pressure than before. I just believed in my chances and I had to fight whatever the outcome. After losing their previous three clashes against Russia and lost only to face the sixth-seeded and world No. 4 Vera Zvonareva (6-3, 6-3), the future winner of the tournament. This was his first semifinal in a tournament of this category.
However, she is recovering quickly from this setback and reached the final in Miami, who lost in passing the No. 8-seeded and world No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova. She then won the third and biggest title of his career against Serena Williams in a still relatively diminished (6-3, 6-1). This is his first victory over a No. 1 world exercise.
Until the Internationaux de France, his clay court season is pretty dull, with a first defeat in the second round to Gisela Dulko in the tournament in Stuttgart (6-4, 6-3) but nonetheless a semifinal in Rome where it loses face Svetlana Kuznetsova (6-2, 6-4), the Russian world No. 8 and seeded No. 7. Then she took charge of Madrid, where she delivers a big battle against Hungary's Agnes Szavay, ending the match despite a leg injury while losing 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Then comes the second Grand Slam of the year Roland Garros, where after regaining some level of play it reached the quarter-finals, creating a sensation of the tournament by eliminating the defending champion of the 2009 Ana Ivanovic in the second round (6-2, 6-3). But she loses in the next round against Dinara Safina in the quarterfinals (1-6, 6-4, 6-2), after playing tennis perfect in the first set.
After this defeat, Vika begins its season on grass without the slightest preparation tournament because of a hip injury that prevents him from this tournament at Eastbourne where she was. It therefore falls at Wimbledon where she reached the quarterfinals again bowing against the future winner Serena Williams (6-2, 6-3) (in the second quarter was his grand slam in his career, his second shift Grand Slam this season).
After this mid-season rather subdued and in contrast with his brilliant early season, Vika seeks to reconnect with success on the U.S. tour. Its three tournaments in preparation for the U.S. Open are disastrous defeat with a very premature Maria Sharapova (64-7, 6-4, 6-2) at Los Angeles and a defeat in Cincinnati about the future winner of the title Jelena Jankovic (7-5, 7-64) and another defeat to ghost of the 2009 season Kim Clijsters at the Rogers Cup (7-5, 4-6, 6-1). Clear lack of confidence after all these defeats, the Belarusian chained to the U.S. Open, where she begins with two relatively easy victories in his first two rounds against Jie Zheng (6-1, 6-1) and Barbora Strycova Záhlavová (6-2, 6-1) but she loses in third round to the Italian Francesca Schiavone (4-6, 6-2, 6-2), which can be regarded as a very big cons-performance with respect to its previous performance in Grand Slams.
The end of the season is on the Victoria line performance mid-season. She played in Tokyo but lost against Li Na (7-67, 4-6, 7-64) and loses in the second round against Maria Sharapova (6-3, 65-7, 7-5) to Beijing, when she had served for the match at 5-2 in the third set.
Vika gets her qualification for the Sony Ericsson Championships, where she won without too much trouble his first match against Serbia's Jelena Jankovic (6-2, 6-3) then met Caroline Wozniacki in the second group match, losing in three sets (1-6, 6-4, 7-5), despite a match point at 5-4 in the third set on the service Wozniacki. In its last qualifier for the semi-finals, she still leans narrowly against Agnieszka Radwanska, replacement of Safina (4-6, 7-5, 4-1), leaving the third set, a victim of cramps, while leading 6-4, 5-2. It does not qualify for the semi-finals.
The results of the 2009 season as Belarus has a sense of unfinished business in terms of its dramatic rise from the beginning of the year, with excellent performances as Mandatory won her first tournament against a No. 1 world financial year, the two quarters in the Grand Slam at Roland Garros and Wimbledon and still qualified for the Sony Ericsson Championships. His early season contrasted greatly with the end, where she was a little harder to repeat his exploits. She finished the year as World No. 7.
See also Diego Maradona
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